Breathe your peace into our cities
and our nations, we pray,
and quell the violence that threatens
to overtake us.
Make space for us to meet
our siblings in Christ
who are angry
and hear their pain.
Give us courage to speak up
and to speak out
in every time and place,
so that no more lives will be taken
in the name of privilege
Rush among us,
like a violent wind,
and stir us out of our complacency …
our egocentricity …
our idol worship …
Make yourself known among us,
and rest upon us,
transforming us by your all-consuming fire.
Give us ears to hear your Word —
alive and at work
in and through us,
so that your deeds of power might be proclaimed
throughout the earth.
There are those who think the church has stopped meeting,
because they do not hear your voice of hope,
or see your light in the darkness,
or experience your Truth in contrast to falsehood.
Make yourself visible, we pray,
in neighborhoods experiencing economic disparity
and food insecurity
Make yourself visible
in hands that serve
those who are hurting
without concern for race or gender or socio-economic circumstance.
Make yourself visible,
Spirit of the Living God,
in hearts that listen to differing perspectives
and show mercy.
Give us strength to continue to minister
exactly as you have called us to minister
with love for our neighbor our uppermost concern.
Pour yourself upon all flesh,
so that the prophesies of your sons and your daughters
will be heard and understood …
so that the visions of youth
will be embraced and explored …
so that the dreams of the aged
will be made real.
Save your people everywhere,
from arrogance and self-righteousness,
and turn our hearts
Give us wisdom and discernment,
give us compassion and empathy,
give us courage and kindness,
give us comfort and hope,
so that we might truly be
for the grieving and fearful everywhere,
a sign of your living presence
at work in this weary, war-torn world.
Julie Gvillo is Commissioned Pastor (PCUSA) and Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace. Julie shares liturgy written on RCL passages each week on her blog, Point of Contact: Where Life and Worship Intersect.
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