Prayer Focus

Where Two or Three Are Gathered in My Name

QueenOfPeaceChapel

Prayer Service to End Racism

Gathering Song:    All Are Welcome  by Marty Haugen

Leader:             Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognize and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbor.  Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves.

Reader:  A Reading from Ephesians 4:1-6,15-16:

Reader:           We are divided, unloving, prejudiced at times, inclined to misunderstanding, intolerant, make us instead united, loving, open to learning, understanding, forgiving and accepting. May your Spirit be present in us as you are in all people.

All:  (Sung response)  God is love, and all who live in love, live in God.*

Reader:            Oh God, with anguish we pray that we may find ways to move forward towards the light. Not back into the shadows of hatred, violence and the silence that protects it.

All:  God is love, and all who live in love, live in God.

Reader:            We pray for the wisdom to know how to move ahead. We recognize that evil can overtake a nation, as history reveals; we recognize too that reconciliation is possible, that peace can flourish where once hate and violence reigned.

All:   God is love, and all who live in love, live in God.

Reader:            We pray that all citizens of goodwill speak out again and again so the sound of Your justice drowns out the cries of hatred, the deafening silence that protects it.

All:  God is love, and all who live in love, live in God.

Reader:             May we as a nation form a circle, inclusive, with no top or bottom, where we can welcome everyone with out stretched hands.

All:  God is love, and all who live in love, live in God.

Reader:            May our circle grow ever larger, more hands open, holding another’s palm, realizing we are holding on to the hope Pope Francis calls us to if we can see we are all connected.

All:  God is love, and all who live in love, live in God.

Leader: Let us reflect on how we can reach out beyond our level of comfort to meet and learn about others, hear their stories and be open to their full humanity.

Pause for Personal Reflection

Leader:  Let us now renew our commitment to live in peace and work for justice

Left Side:  Lord, you are the Light of the world.

You came into this world to bring true peace and

A right relationship between all people and God,

Between individuals and between all people and the whole creation.

Amidst the confusion of today’s world,  Empower us to stand firmly on the side of goodness,

Justice and lasting truth according to your will.

Right Side:  Help us to identify, expose and confront the

Root causes and the structures of injustices at all levels

Which exploit and destroy your children and creation.

Help us to commit our lives to a new value system

Where life is nurtured and abundant.

All:       Lord of All, we pray that you heal the wounds of racism in our communities, our country, and our world. There has been too much fear of the other, too much violence, and too little recognition that we are all created in Your image, each with human dignity. We pray for conversion of hearts, for peace in our hearts, and peace among all your children, we celebrate the diversity that you have created. Give us the grace to continue the work of building a “beloved community” where we can all join hands for the common good. Amen.

Closing Prayer:

Leader: O God, all people are your Beloved, across races, nationalities, religions, and all the ways we are distinctive from one another. We are all manifestations of your image.  We are bound together in an inescapable network of mutuality and tied to a single garment of destiny. You call us into your unending work of justice, peace, and love. Let us know your presence among us now. Let us delight in our diversity that offers glimpses of the mosaic of your beauty. Strengthen us with your steadfast love and transform our despairing fatigue into hope-filled action. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Closing Song:  We Are Called   by David Haas (*God is Love by David Haas)

Resources used from websites of:
www.educationforjustice.org  www.usccb.org    www.archchicago.org    www.sistersofmercy.org/resources

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