Juneteenth - June 19, 2021
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?
Fountain of Mercy and Justice
In a world of inequity and pain
May our actions be our prayer.
We cry out for Shalom, fullness of life to all.
Let the Spirit of Truth guide us.
Let the Spirit of Love free us.
Give us the compassion, courage and resolve
to become the light, we seek
that many may see life and their dignity restored
Inspire us to embody a world without injustice and prejudice
Form us into channels of your love and peace
Let the river of justice and mercy flood our imperfect world
Quenching the thirst of parched souls and lands.
Abide in us o Liberator that we become the Word
so that the world may have Life, Life in all its abundance.
A prayer written by Anderson Jeremiah
Taken from the book Rage & Hope: 75 Prayers for a Better World
Juneteenth, also known by other names (Freedom Day, Emancipation Day), is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is now recognized as a federal holiday, and this year takes place this Saturday.
You can learn more about the history of Juneteenth here, here, and here.
May we give thanks in our prayers every single morning for the beauty and diversity of God’s creation and may we remember the love that God has for every single one of us. He is “God and Father of all” and we truly are all brothers and sisters, called to love one another and care for one another. Help us, Father God, to live into this truth, every moment of every day of our lives.