A prayer for community and solidarity…
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:35-38 (NRSV)
For those who hear no good news but only gunshots and sirens, send us out to bear witness with them. Give us ears and hearts to hear their stories. Don’t allow us to simply let it be their loss and their problem but to share their loss. We lift up the violence in our city and our nation and pray that you would lead us to a way to peace.
For those suffering from the oppression of diseases called racism, nationalism, consumerism – and every “ism” that leads to death rather than life, send us out to bear witness to our common humanity. We do not have the cure but you have given us voices to speak out. Heal our blindness to our own role in perpetuating systems of injustice and of our own privilege. We lift up the things that separate us and pray that you would lead us to a way to justice.
For those who feel harassed and helpless, send us out to encourage and stand alongside. We are not the Shepherd, you are, but we can be compassionate. Help us to accept our fellow sojourners and to love them without agenda or demand. May we not assume that we know their entire story or the answer to their problems but to find communion with them as you have with us. We lift up the brokenness of the world and pray that you would lead us to be community.
Trusting in your faithfulness, grounded in your love, emboldened by your grace, we pray these and all things in your name as we lift our voices as one, praying…