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My Pastoral Prayer following Charlottesville Crisis

God of grace and glory!

God of wisdom and mercy, justice and peace, righteousness and equity, love and kindness!

We come this morning with gratitude , humility, and awe because we know that it is only "in you that we live, and move, and have our being." It is your energy that created us, sustains us, inspires us, and compels us to keep pressing forward, even when we have grown weary from the struggles of this world. You are our light when the world seems so dark; you are our grounding and sensibility amid a world filled filed with carziness and nonsensical behavior. You are our only hope that truth, justice and righteousness will eventually reign victorious.

Oh God, is ever there was a time when we needed to grow closer to you, that time is now. Take us back, Oh God, to the moments of innocence when trusted you without reservation. Take us back when our faith was based on a personal relationship with you, rather than reason and intellect. Take us back, Oh God, to the time when we knew our history and believed our history. Take us back, Oh God, to that time when we trusted you because we had nothing, and yet we felt as though we had everything. Take us back, Oh God, to that time when your World was our moral compass; when we did the righteous thing not because it was politically expedient, but because you commanded us to "love you with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves". Matthew 22:37-40

Oh merciful and gracious God, we come this morning with grieving hearts because the demons of hatred have once again claimed their right to be. We join with Governor McAuliffe in speaking to the legions of evil, "Go home! You are not welcome here!" To hatred and bigotry, we say, "Go home! You are not welcome here!"We echo Bishop Desmond Tutu who said, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

We refuse to be silent in the face of oppression. We will not be silent even in the face of the "powers that be" who dare to place the perpetrators of violence and the victims of their hatred, in the same camp.

Oh merciful and gracious God, we confess that we have too often forgotten who we are and whose we are. We spend too much time listening to the ROARS from the lions of this world. We confess that we too often run away from those ROARS. Help us to face thee ROARS of injustice, indifference, intolerance, white supremacy, neutrality, inequality, apathy, selfishness, greed, scarcity, and political bullying. Help us to know that you have not given us "a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline." II. Timothy 1:7

And finally, may we be ever diligent in our efforts to be instruments of healing in our world. When we begin to murmur and complain, remind us of the blessings we have. Teach us to keep our eyes on you and not on the cares of this world. May we see the very real obstacles we face, as mere obstacles to be more resourceful. Give us that peace which passes human understanding, even amid the troubles of this world. Energize us so that we are compelled to be your agents of hope and restoration to a world that seems to have lost its way. We offer this prayer, for our sake, and for the sake of our world. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth who is our Christ, Amen.


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