Today we mourn.
We grieve for all those who have been unjustly accused;
We pray for those we know who are perpetually put in these unjust situations.
We pray for our Latina/o friends,
our African-American friends,
our poor friends,
our gay friends
–for all our friends who are ‘suspect’.
We repent of participation in systems of such abuse.
God forgive me.
God forgive us.
Open our eyes!
Open our ears!
Open our hearts!
Teach us to be different.
And to love difference.
Gracious God of Light
We gather today
as a people of the Light
as the wise men of old
seeking the Divine among us.
And like those men of wisdom
we look for the Divine among the poor
and those in need of shelter.
Honor our gifts*
as we also lift up our treasures:
those needs and concerns
-those joys and triumphs-
we also bring to Light in prayer.
Hear the prayers of this congregation.
[read aloud the prayer cards]
And for all the prayers we ponder quietly in our hearts
-those too tender to be spoken aloud-
we lift these up to the Light as well.
[pause for silent prayer]
And let these lengthening days
that new every morning is your love
O great God of Light.
And all day long you are working for good in the world.
Stir up in us a desire to serve.
To live peaceably.
And to devote each day to walking in the living traditions of Jesus.
*each epiphany, gifts of warm coats, gloves, scarves, razors, bus passes, etc. are presented by our congregation to the local homeless shelter (which we also house).