A Prayer in Time of Crisis
Cliff Stewart, pastor, First Central Presbyterian Church
Holy God, we turn to you in this time of crisis. The news is filled with despair. We speak aloud the names of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Abery, George Floyd.
Communities of color bear the uneven weight of the disease of racism and injustice. There is much that is wrong in our relationships with others. We are slow to admit our complicity in the evils swirling around us. Forgive our sins.
We who are pastors in our beloved city ask you, O God, for help in living out what we say we believe. We pray that our sanctuaries provide safety for all of your children.
Turn our hearts of stone into those of compassion and tenderness. May we learn to live with people who are different than we are. May we listen before we speak. May our words not be vicious threats but tender promises.
In particular, we pray for the impoverished, the poor and the wronged.
We humble ourselves and cry out to you knowing you will hear us and heal.
We lift the communities of Louisville, Minneapolis and all places where racialized violence has occurred and unrest has been stirred.
Holy God, we recall the words of Martin Luther King Jr, who reminded us that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” Let the fires of uprising give way to the fire of your spirit, where people hear the Good News with joy, and make haste to take part in it.