By faith,

Your people have followed you through parted seas and wild deserts,

By faith,

Your people have waited for walls to fall down and drenched raging fires.

By faith,

Your people have been imprisoned, persecuted, and left to wander and perish.

 

By faith,

With faith,

Through faith,

We long to be your people, too.

We know there is a cloud of faithful witnesses hovering around us,

cheering, cajoling, leading, praying, hoping, walking, running with us

as we persevere living into your call upon our lives.

We pause, and give thanks for those in our clouds of witnesses……

(silent prayer)

By faith,

With faith,

Through faith,

We offer ourselves, sprinters and dancers, trudgers and slow walkers to be part of Your cloud of witness in this world, and in the lives of others….

May we make peace, where we can.

May we live for justice, where we are called.

May we speak out, when silence participates in oppression.

We pause, and prayerfully ask you to speak to us, to lead us to where and to whom You are calling us to be your Cloud of Witness….

(silent prayer)

By faith,

With faith,

and Through faith,

We pray this pray in the name of the Author of our Faith,

Jesus the Christ.

Amen.

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The Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church, UCC in Marblehead, MA.  She is also a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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