Prayers of the People – Charlottesville, VA

Prayers of the People – Sunday, August 13, 2017
(adapted from “The God whom we have forgotten” by Lauren Grubaugh and A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer: Collects for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement – and Beyond by Kenji Kuramitsu)

One: Friends in Christ, let us pray for the Church, our Nation, and our World.

One: O God whom we have forgotten, we have forgotten that each of us is created in your image and through that image, called to bear your light into the immense darkness of the world. Empower us with your courage to make no peace with oppression, to stand in solidarity and strength with our neighbors across spaces of difference, especially those today who are hurting and afraid.

O God whom we have forgotten,

Many: Help us to remember.

One: O God whom we have forgotten, we have forgotten that the first human being was created from dust gathered from all the corners of the Earth so that no one can say that they are better than others. Help us to see first what we have in common, give us your eyes to see our diversity as gift, and open our hearts to your presence in those who speak to you in different tongues, call you by different names, and worship you in different places.

O God whom we have forgotten

Many: Help us to remember.

One: O God whom we have forgotten, we have forgotten what it means to be compassionate and to follow the way of Jesus. We have ignored the voices of our black, brown, Native, gay, transgender, poor, disabled, Muslim, Jewish, and immigrant neighbors. We have been deaf to their cry. Break our hearts of stone and gives us new hearts, unstop our ears, and give us new vision to feel, hear, and see you in new ways.

O God whom we have forgotten

Many: Help us to remember.

One: O God whom we have forgotten, we have forgotten that the mission of your Church is one of reconciliation and justice. Renew us in your mission and inspire all the baptized people of God to follow the Way of the Cross. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O God whom we have forgotten,

Many: Help us to remember.

One: O God whom we have forgotten, we have forgotten that your Son, our savior Jesus Christ, has ascended into heaven that he might fill all things, all nations, all cultures, and all peoples of the earth. Help us to affirm you alone as Lord of all, that your justice and mercy might reign in our lives, in our communities, in our nation, and in our world.

O God whom we have forgotten,

Many: Help us to remember.

One: O God whom we have forgotten, we lift before you the concerns of our community…

The parish prayer list is read.

The people may add their prayers and petitions.

…help us to be agents of your compassion and comfort to those closest to us.

O God whom we have forgotten,

Many: Help us to remember.

One: O God whom we have forgotten, we have forgotten that you are the fountain of life itself. We mourn for all those who have died, especially Heather Heyer, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates, the young woman and two police officers who died because of the hate-filled attack yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia, and those whom we now name aloud or silently within our hearts…

The people may add names of recently deceased.

…help us to remember that even at the grave we make our song: “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

O God whom we have forgotten,

Many: Help us to remember.

One: Healer God, whose Church predates the doctrines of white supremacy by more than a thousand years, empower us with words and wisdom to confront all racial divisions sown by colonizers and cultural elites. Teach us alongside all your saints to remember our people, all people, in our bones, to stitch their hymns into our hearts. Help us each to reconnect with the cultural heritage that birthed us instead of the violent racial categories into which we have been forced. We pray these prayers through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns in perfect and compassion love, now and forever,

Many: Amen.

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