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A Call to Justice and Mercy for Human Relations Sunday

A Call to Justice and Mercy
(Based on 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail)

The Lord calls us, Church,
Hear the cry of the oppressed!

How long, O Lord, will your servants be caught
Sleeping in the comforts of the status quo!

Awake, Body of Christ, Arise with Justice and Mercy!

Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.

O, Christian, do not be afraid,
Speak Justice and Show Mercy!

Open our mute lips that we might advocate for the voiceless
Wash our bloodstained hands that we might aid the hurting.

The Lord calls us, Church,
Hear the cry of the oppressed!

Speak Lord for your servants are listening!



About the Author: The Rev. Nathan Decker is the pastor of the Cheriton Charge on the Eastern Shore District and a clergy member of the Virginia Annual Conference. His great love is the diversity and inspiration of God's creative nature in worship.

Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Call to Justice and Mercy for Human Relations Sunday. Copyright 2009 The Rev. Nathan Decker. All Rights Reserved. Posted with Permission on the Discipleship Ministries Worship Website.

Categories: Lectionary Calendar, Civil Observances, Human Relations Day