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DAY ONE (JUNE 15, 2020)

“Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol, popularized by Billie Holiday:

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

God of Justice and of Mercy,

Your servant Paul warned us that as we sow, so shall we reap. Your prophet Hosea warned us that if we sow the wind, we shall reap the whirlwind. So now, as we bow our heads into the force of the whirlwind, we must know deep down that this is not a momentary aberration or accident of the changing of the wind. As we gaze upon the strange fruit that we have produced we must know in our hearts and souls that this is not random mutation of our planting, but the result of years of sowing in blood and hate. And your church is complicit in sowing a system of injustice, our hands are not free of the blood and our hearts are not free of the hate.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ have mercy on us.

Confessing our sinful natures, we pray for your Spirit to begin the long hard work of repentance within and between us, and tear down the dividing walls of hostility so that we may begin to sow to the Spirit of reconciliation and begin the long, hard journey to forgiveness and peace. May those of us who have benefited from systems of injustice seek forgiveness from those of us who have broken by those systems. So that together we might glimpse, if only from a distance for now, the possibility of the Kin-dom of God where all are seen to reveal the image of God as we live in God’s justice and peace.

In the Name of the first strange fruit hanging from the tree, the crucified Christ, we pray. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, May 2020

DAY TWO (JUNE 16, 2020)

INVOCATION
Creator God, we come into your presence this morning with hearts of thanksgiving,
and mouths filled with praise!
Loving God, in spite of the turmoil and tragedy we have witnessed this year,
In spite of the pain and struggle of witnessing the murders of Black Bodies,
the enslavement of Brown Bodies,
poverty, inequality, child abuse, racism, sexism,
children and infants separated from parents . . . caged like animals,
government leaders who remind us daily that we are not judged
by the content of our character, but by the color of our skin,
In spite of all these things, You are still a miracle-working God,
In spite of all of this, You remain faithful!
In spite of all of this, you are still our healer, our comforter, our provider and protector.
And so, we come in humility, adoration with worshipful hearts,
Giving you honor, thanks and praise, rejoicing, for ALL of who you are,
In the Name of Your Son, Our Brother, Jesus, The Christ.
Amen and Ashe’!

Written by Cynthia A. Wilson ©2020 Free Indeed Ministries

DAY THREE (JUNE 17, 2020)

Spirit of God,

We have heard your call to share in building up the Kingdom of God. Fill us with the desire to change ourselves and to change the world. Enflame our passion for justice into a commitment to address unjust situations and structures. Deepen our concern for our sisters and brothers in America and overseas who endure the burdens of poverty, war, exploitation and persecution. Let us enthusiastically play our part in the mission of the Church in the modern world.

Banish any complacency in our hearts and minds. Teach us to recognize the lack of justice. May we always act in the Spirit of justice. May we envisage, pray about and create a different sort of world
in which injustice is replaced with a renewed sense of solidarity and care. Enlivened by the Spirit, may we go forth in the peace of the Holy Spirit to love and serve the Lord.

Amen.

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

DAY FOUR (JUNE 18, 2020)

Prayer for National and Church Leaders

Lord, we believe you when you say you will lead us. But we have suffered at the hands of those who would destroy and scatter your sheep. You promised that you would raise us up shepherds who will gather us together so that no will live in fear. So, we look for those shepherds, Lord.

We pray for those shepherds who will do good and do right, for those who will protect the children, who will teach the children, who will give the children hope. We pray for those shepherds who will pursue peace, who will walk humbly, who will reconcile the nations. We pray for those shepherds who will fight injustice, who stand on the side of justice. We pray for those shepherds who will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and set at liberty the captives. We pray for those shepherds who will spread love, show mercy, and practice hospitality.

Lord, we pray for those shepherds, we pray for all peoples, we pray for the church universal, we pray for our country, we pray for the nations.

From The Africana Worship Book: Year C, ©2008 Discipleship Resources, p 164. Written by Tony Peterson, Inspired by Jeremiah 3:15, 23: 1- 4). (Paraphrased by Cynthia A Wilson)

DAY FIVE (JUNE 19, 2020)

Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

United Church of Christ

DAY SIX (JUNE 22, 2020)

We’re all out of answers, O Covenant God of all humanity,
We can’t find the right words that will fix what has been broken,
We can’t heal the wounds caused by hundreds of years of hatred, with the Band-Aid of, “sorry,”
or the hand sanitizer of, “not really my fault.”
We decry destruction of property in a moment of anger
and minimize the destruction of a people over years of disgust.
We claim an understanding of sorts of the anger we see around us,
But secretly wish they would act more . . . like us.
Give us a solution; we’ll pay it. Give us a fee; we’ll pay it. What will it take to make all of this go away?
“All of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble’.”
Give us the grace to be humble, O Sovereign Lord. Let us not seek our own wisdom,
let us be slow to give answers,
slow to say, “they should,”
and quicker to say, “I’m listening.”
To say, “tell me about your pain.”
To say, “I see you.”
“I care about you.”
Let us humble ourselves
that we might begin anew the journey to becoming the family of God.
In the Name of the One who humbled himself upon a cross we pray. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, June 2020

DAY SEVEN (JUNE 23, 2020)

Come, O Holy Spirit
Come, open us to the wonder, beauty, and dignity of the diversity found in each culture, in each face, and in each experience we have of the other among us.
Come fill us with generosity as we are challenged to let go and allow others to share with us the goods and beauty of earth.
Come heal the divisions that keep us from seeing the face of Christ in all men, women, and children.
Come free us to stand with and for those who must leave their own lands in order to find work, security, and welcome in a new land, one that has enough to share.
Come bring us understanding, inspiration, wisdom, and the courage needed to embrace change and stay on the journey.
Come, O Holy Spirit, show us the way.

“The Justice Prayer” https://socialjusticeresourcecenter.org/prayers/justice/

DAY EIGHT (JUNE 24, 2020)

Let us pray this song, let us hope this hope, let us march, continue to march, in the light of God.

Siyahamba, ekukanyen' kwenkos',
Siyahamba, ekukanyen' kwenkos',
Siyahamba, ekukanyen' kwenkos',
Siyahamba, ekukanyen' kwenkos',
Siyahamba, siyahamba, oh,
Siyahamba ekukanyen' kwenkos'.
Siyahamba, siyahamba, oh,
Siyahamba ekukanyen' kwenkos'.

We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, we are marching, ooh,
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, we are marching, ooh,
We are marching in the light of God.

“We are Marching in the Light of God (Siyahamba)” The Faith We Sing, #2235

DAY NINE (JUNE 25, 2020)

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
I can’t breathe, cry your people, with the knee of oppression on their necks, fill me with life anew,
Prophesy to the breath, You declared to your prophet, prophesy to the breath, that I may love the way you love,
That these bones might live, these beaten, broken, and weary bones might live and love again, and do what you would do.
That they may stand as a mighty army, Your mighty army against the forces of hate.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
No, that we may stand as a mighty wind of change and hope, we dry bones of despair, until my heart is pure,
And begin to distribute justice and healing in small ways, like drops of rain in a desert, until my will is one with yours,
Because we are led by Your presence, O Lord, who hasn’t given up on us, to do and to endure.
So we chip away at the walls we have built, though it takes more than any one of us have to give.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Those made in your glorious image deserve to breathe fully and freely and in peace, so shall I never die,
So eternity is experienced in the Kin-dom within which we all can live and breathe, but live with you the perfect life
So that each life, each precious life that matters, is woven into yours for all eternity.
In this life, today, right now, and into the tomorrows that only you hold for us.
Let it be so, Amen and Amen.

Derek C. Weber, June 2020; “Breathe on Me Breath of God” Hymn Text: Edwin Hatch, Public Domain

DAY TEN (JUNE 26, 2020)

Almighty God, you have given all peoples one common origin, and your will is to gather them as one family in yourself. Fill the hearts of all with the fire of your love and the desire to ensure justice for all our sisters and brothers. By sharing the good things you give us, may we secure justice and equality for every human being, and a human society built on love and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

United Church of Christ

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