the cry

TWO PRAYERS: this morning we invite you to take a few minutes with these prayers/cries from Sunday’s teaching.

“Thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being, we humbly confess that we have not loved thee with our hearts, souls and minds, and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us. We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ. We often give in order to receive. We love our friends and hate our enemies. We go the first mile but dare not travel the second. We forgive but dare not forget. And so as we look within ourselves, we are confronted with the appalling fact that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against you. But thou, O God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be. Give us the intelligence to know your will. Give us the courage to do your will. Give us the devotion to love your will. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.


  • Take moment to reflect on your own heart. Write out a simple prayer of confession.

2. A Liturgy for Those Crying Out for Justice

O merciful Father, our Author of justice,

the innocent blood of those slain

cries out to you from the ground,

open-mouthed, warm, ever-red.

Come down, O God, and see what has been done!

Our politics of fear and anger have

enslaved, abused, neglected, erased, excluded, dismissed;

we confer second-class citizenship;

we legitimize the making of victims,

whom you have called your Beloved.

Don the sackcloth, sprinkle the ashes!

Bitter-weeping, we refuse to be comforted,

for there are those of us who are no more.

Will you forget us forever, O Lord?

How long until, with our own eyes, we see your justice done?

O Christ, we confess that we have looked away.

Walk with us to the margins of our world,

where you have always been,

and abide in proximity with those who are not forgotten.

Though the discomfort may break us,

O Healer, meet us where we lack and repair us with gold.

We crave an easy way, but strengthen us to rise above, 

taking on each other’s burdens as our own,

learning that we are inextricably tied with our fellow image-bearers,

and we need each other on our march upward toward Zion.

Son of God, born in a manger,

you came among us, where the lowly tread.

You identify with the oppressed,

and as we do to them, we do to you.

For you, the Lord, love justice; you require mercy.

Move now, in and through us, Holy Spirit.

Search the corners of our hearts for prejudice.

Break the spirit of racism and racial superiority.

Give us a powerful hope, so that we may speak as those who do not shrink back.

Move on behalf of those who cry out to you.

We appeal to your throne of righteousness.

From the confines of our traditions, we the Church

repent of our long history of failure,

a system of sin, always before us.

Jesus Christ, alive in your people, the heart and truth of our faith,

clear the way now, in us, to be a source of hope.

May we be a witness of Kingdom community.

With each new tragedy, despair seeps into our bones.

Renew in us, O God, a hopeful kindling, fanned into flame, for the work ahead.

Create in us the imagination for a new humanity:

our multitude too numerous to count, standing at your throne;

a mosaic of every nation, tribe, people, and language, none left out;

reconciled and singing free before the Lamb.



  • Take a few minutes to write out a simple prayer of your own for our city.

Scripture referenced in this liturgy:

Genesis 4:10
Genesis 18:21
1 John 4:7
Esther 4:1
Matthew 26:38
Jeremiah 31:15
Psalm 13:1
Exodus 3:7
Proverbs 14:31

Proverbs 19:17
Isaiah 61:8
Micah 6:8
Proverbs 31:8
Revelation 7:9
Hebrews 10:39
Isaiah 35:10
Psalm 51:3



As you close our the week imagine that you are sitting in front of Jesus as he shares this with you. Pay attention to how you are feeling as you read the passage.
What sensations do you feel in your body?
What are you thinking about? What resonates with you? 

26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

Here Jesus gives us an image of God the father as Provider. Jehovah Jireh is one of the many names given to God which means “my provider.” God provides what we truly need as we seek his ways (the Kingdom). 

  • Take a moment to give thanks for his provision this week? Be specific.
  • “You of little faith”
    Where do I struggle with the promises of provision in this passage?
  • Do I need to renew my faith and trust in God’s promises

Take time to pray and then close with the Suscipe Prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola:

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.


a confronting love

God is the great Confronter; an instigator of holy friction, a devastator of fool’s pride. His love is not a hammer though; it’s the offer of a warm touch amidst the turbulence of a free-falling heart.

May you remember that judgement and condemnation are not the same thing——God is the good judge – the determiner of what is good and what is sickness. He will fight for our wholeness with divine passion when He sees that what we’re holding onto is death—— Despite how circumstances may look or feel, God is not a hammer. The moment we relent to His invitation of wholeness, we will find nothing but loving arms waiting for us——You are not condemned by God, no matter what you’re going through——Remember that your Father is fighting for you. His love is no passive thing and He’s not shy to add salt to any wound that would keep us from Him. That’s the other side of compassion, I guess – a willingness to wound in order to heal——I know it sounds paradoxical, but if you’ve felt it, you’ll know how beautiful it is to be pierced by the love of God. – Strahan Coleman

1. Take a minute to quiet your heart and mind. Open your hands as a sign of being ready to receive anything God would show you.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

2. Ask the Lord to show you anything in your life that isn’t in his will. Pay attention to anything that comes up in your mind. It could be a person, place, thing, habit, recurring thought, etc.

3. Surrender anything in your life that isn’t God’s will for you. Confess any sin that’s holding you back from the fullness of life available to you in Jesus. Ask God for wisdom on how to end a relationship or a commitment. Ask him for grace and help to mend any relationships that he desires to heal. Surrender the entirety of your heart that you would be fully his today.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7