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A Prayer for Families Separated at the Border
Delivered by Gretchen at the Prayer Vigil on July 2nd at Newton City Hall
Let us pray.
Gracious Creator of all that is, who sleeps in the stones and dreams in the stars
whose breath in-spires every human life and whose light overcomes every darkness.
Let us end the reign of tyranny on our border
that thrives under the ludicrous assertion that we in this land of plenty do not have enough to welcome our neighbors who are desperately seeking sanctuary.
Let us end the reign of arrogance in our immigration policy
that thrives in the name of laws that existentially conflict with the founding values of our immigrant nation.
Let us end the reign of denigration that separates families and destroys lives
in the name of our one nation under God, which we hold to be indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Bless us this 4th of July with a remembrance of our heritage.
Bless us with tears for a nation that has forgotten its immigrant roots.
Bless us with anger for national policies that tear at the soul of our humanity.
Bless us with discomfort for the normalizing of lies and unfathomable cruelty done in our name and on our behalf for far to many years.
Bless us with impatience for our blatant disregard of our promise to welcome the poor, tired, huddled masses who are yearning for the freedom that we often take for granted.
Bless us with the pain of our neighbors, that we might never forget who and whose we are.
And finally, gracious ever loving God
Bless us with hope,
that the human family to which we all belong might be welcome where ever peace and justice prevail.
We pray in the name of the one, holy, and living God. Amen
*Parts of the format are partially borrowed from a 2012 prayer by the late poet Wanda Coleman and the 2008 prayer offered by The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson at the inauguration of Barak Obama:
This Sunday, September 23, 2018
*Note new time!* 10:30am Holy Eucharist with Amazing Grace!
Flower Opening Sunday, September 30th!
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8:15am Early Holy Eucharist
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10:30am Holy Eucharist with Joyful Noise followed by our
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September 30th – The Big Questions
October 7th – Church History
October 21st – The Word of God
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