Prayer for Healing of Racism – Reflecting on Pentecost

Join us at the Cathedral on Fridays from 12:15 – 12:45 for centering prayer with the intention of the reconciliation and healing of racism.  If you cannot attend, use this prayer to join us in solidarity wherever you are.  Thank you.

June 9, 2017
Reflecting on Pentecost

Opening and Centering

Blown by the Spirit… We Know Not Where
by Walter Brueggemann
Prayers for a Privileged People

We hear the story of the wind at Pentecost,
Holy wind that dismantles what was,
Holy wind that evokes what is to be,
Holy wind that overrides barriers and causes communication,
Holy wind that signals your rule even among us.

We are dazzled, but then – reverting to type –
We wonder how to harness the wind,
how to manage the wind by our technology,
how to turn the wind to our usefulness,
how to make ourselves managers of the wind

Partly we do not believe such an odd tale
because we are not religious freaks;
Partly we resist such a story,
because it surges beyond our categories;
Partly we had imagined you to be more ordered
and reliable than that.

So we listen, depart, and return to our ordered existence:
we depart with only a little curiosity
But not yielding;
we return to how it was before,
unconvinced but wistful, slightly praying for wind,
craving for newness,
wishing to have it all available to us.
We pray toward the wind and wait, unconvinced but wistful.

Invitation to Silence:

“Your rule among us.”

Closing Prayer

The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
Father, forgive.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
Father, forgive.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,
Father, forgive.

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,
Father, forgive.

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
Father, forgive.

The lust which dishonors the bodies of men, women and children,
Father, forgive.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
Father, forgive.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgave you.

Amen. 

Weekly Reflection Questions:

If you have time, please read this reflection from Joan R. Harrell from Sojourners entitled Pentecost and the Sin of Racism.

What events in your own life have been similar to the “holy wind” at Pentecost, calling us to deeper connection and community?
What keeps us from living with this intention or passion each day?
What practices can you add to your daily life that nurtures a bold and courageous response to the movement of the Spirit?

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