Jesus, who was born in an occupied land, show us how to dismantle police occupation.
Jesus, who destroyed property in the temple, lead us to transformative destruction of property and systems
rather than people. Jesus, who challenged religious authority, give us courage to use our loud voices.
Jesus, who threw over tables, let us discern strategic disruptive action.
Jesus, who was chased to a cliff’s edge, let us be hidden from people and vehicles who would do us harm.
Jesus, who witnessed state sanctioned killings in his time, hold us in your arms and glue together with gold our shattered hearts.
Jesus, who was murdered by the state, protect us, your children.
Protect us. Protect us.
Credit: Pastor Ellie VerGowe
Holy One, this prayer is birthed from the depths of weariness of a black woman to the black woman. God, you know we are tired. You see the world restricts us. You know that we need to rest. So, today God, we declare freedom—no longer will we be mandated surrogates for a nation that cannot accept us. We will be free. Jesus comes, so we know our spirits can be free. So, God, enlighten us to recognize the presence of Heaven within our Spirit and orient us toward an everlasting freedom. For it is so. Amen.
Credit: Rev. Mahogany S. Thomas
Creator God, Healer of wounds,
Your mercies are new every morning.
As our bodies in motion are temples of your presence,
Keep us safe and heal our injuries.
Lord, for those whose immune systems need more support,
shield their community from sickness;
for in you we all move and breathe and have our being.
Your son Jesus Christ, street medic in his spiritual and political revolution,
preferred to spend time with the outcast, the disabled, and the agitators.
Empower and guide our street medics and community health workers;
may they comfort and protect those along the way of life and truth,
so that we may continue following you, however perilous the journey.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Credit: Andrew Harmon