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Prayers for the Week of May 31

photo of Pentecost installation by Virginia Thibeaux

We invite you to join us this week in the prayers that we prayed in worship on Pentecost Sunday, May 31:

Loving, liberating, saving God,

You have created the world and all that is;

in Jesus Christ, you’ve come to save the world from all that does us harm;

and by your Spirit’s power, you invite us to re-create this broken world with you.

We give you thanks and praise.

We join the world’s lament this day.

We grieve the death of George Floyd,

and of all of the lives lost to the persistent violence of racism.

We repent of our participation in the systems and structures

that let this happen again and again,

of our continuing to let it be so,

of our silence.

Give us Spirit insight to see the world plainly with the eyes of Christ,

to listen to voices of people of color,

to speak and to do what must be done

to dismantle American racism,

to do the work of reparation,

and to create a new world with you.

In world where we see blood and fires and smoky mist,

we pray for peace and justice,