A prayer in the midst of pandemic, protest & fear, responding to the violence witnessed on 13th June on British streets.
God of all, Forgive the violence of our silence, The ignorance of our actions, The foolishness of our hatred.
God of all, Bring peace were there is conflict, Love where there is hate, Calm where there is turmoil, Welcome where there is rejection, Justice where it is absent, Safety where there is fear, Healing where there is pain.
God of all, Stir up within us the wisdom of your Spirit, As we participate in your gospel, challenge us, lead us and empower us, Turn our feelings of shame into a striving for a transformation that values the lives of all.
The sky turned black.
The world watched…. and waited.
Jesus’ time seemed to be up.
He’d gathered with his friends, shared their final meal
“I will soon have to leave you” he said.
He’d gone to pray in the garden,
“Father, let this suffering leave me” he prayed.
Then he was betrayed.
handed over, put on trial.
His disciples scattered, leaving Jesus alone.
‘Crucify Him’ the crowd shouted. So he was. Stripped. Flogged. Marched up the hill. And there, there he was killed. Hung from a cross and left to die.
Jesus had left. His followers lost. What to do now that Jesus no longer remained with them?