You’ve given us this sabbath
as a break from our work,
and as such, you grant dignity
both to our labor and our rest.
Help us to learn from your example
to value those under our employ–
both their labor and their rest.
To uphold their dignity
through just practices in the workplace,
and through fair compensation.
Help us to be mindful of each other’s needs
and to recognize that
the needs of one are the needs of all.
Hear us as we lift up the needs of this congregation:
[read aloud the prayer cards]
And hear us in our silence
as we uphold those things only pondered in our hearts.
[pause for silent prayer]
Remind us that justice is a commitment renewed daily.
All day long it works for good in the world.
It stirs up in us a desire to serve
and a desire for blessed peace and rest.
Help us to devote our ways
to the living traditions of Jesus,
who welcomed the poor,
cared for the estranged,
and who sought justice
and practiced mercy.