Rabbi …
Teacher …
this load we are carrying
is heavy
and we are weary
from trying to manage it.
There are so many rules,
and so many interpretations of those rules
and so many who distort them
and skirt them
and misuse them for their own purposes.

Hear the cries of your people, Lord …
of those held prisoner by the letter of the law,
of those held down by antiquated systems,
of those held captive by fear.
Power is an ugly thing
when it is used to push down
instead of lift up,
when it is flaunted in the streets
and in the courtrooms,
when it is purchased with the blood of the oppressed.

Staggering under the weight
of poverty
and illness
and anxiety
and societal pressure
and natural disaster
your children are begging to be heard
and rescued.
Send relief, we pray!
Let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.

Humble the haughty, Lord, we pray,
and teach us to serve one another
in love.
Make the first the last,
and the greatest the least.
Swiftly, Lord, we pray.
Send hope in the face of hopelessness,
that your people everywhere
will know that you are God,
strong and mighty,
and there is no other God but you.

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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