Rainbow and stormGod of many names

We lift up those facing the ravages of storms that go by many names

Present storms and storms that have passed, leaving stark reminders of just how small  and vulnerable we are

The fear is real

The loss is real

The trauma is real

Bring peace and restoration to every person, in every corner

God of creation

The pain-filled groans of creation are loud and her enraged outcry is violent

Reminding us of our disregard for her well-being; our lack of care and stewardship

Convicting us to consume less and to share more

Calling us to remember our place within creation; as creatures part of a bigger system

Demanding that we care for the earth and all of its inhabitants

Draw us back to Your vision; to that moment You spoke life out of chaos and it was good

God of love

Calm the storms and heal the land

Forgive us and renew our hearts and minds

That Your kin-dom might be on earth as it is in heaven

Please and thank you.

Amen.

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Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks is a queer womanist freedom fighter, minister, teacher, and learner committed to the liberation of oppressed peoples, building power and creating community.  She lives in Chicago with her spouse, three children and eight grandchildren (!) and currently serves as executive director of A Just Harvest, pastor at San Lucas UCC and Namasté UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.

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