Special -- Racial Justice Sunday
by the Light of God
for Racial Justice Sunday
Sunday of February
of Light, God of Change,
fashion each of us in your image,
the presence of your Spirit and
of your grace.
call us into being as whole persons;
call us into community to be one in you.
too often we choose to see others as less than ourselves
of the color of their skin.
of God transfigure us that we may live as one.
invite us into right relationship with you.
invite us to love you whom we have not seen;
how can we love you
we are unable to love those we see?
can we love you
we cannot love those who are clear reflections of you?
of God transfigure us that we may mirror you.
are one in you O God, who created us all.
are all sisters and brothers, walking in the light of your love.
us to love our neighbors even more than we love ourselves.
of God transfigure us that we may love each other.
Spirit dwells among us, giving us all freedom.
too often we succumb to the sin of racism.
us for attitudes of superiority which result in oppression;
us for binding others within structures of racism and injustice,
so abandoning your beloved ones to wildernesses of degradation.
of God transfigure us that we may be vessels of freedom.
look around the world and witness
economic injustices facing people of color.
often we stand idly by as men, women and children you created
left to die without food, without shelter and without healthcare.
of God transfigure us that we may work for justice.
us for daring to think we are better than others.
us for not seeing your face reflected in the faces of all humankind.
us for not living your commandment to love each other.
of God transfigure us that we may reflect your truth.
around us we see, hear, speak, taste and feel
fear and hatred that are the roots of racism.
Provide us with the courage to care,
vision to imagine a new relationship,
wisdom to speak out,
the passion to stand up and be heard
our protests and cries for freedom.
of God transfigure us that we may be instruments of change.
our hearts and lives to your transforming light.
our mouths to speak the truth on behalf of people of color
continue to be marginalized by the many facets of racism.
of God transfigure us from one degree of glory to another.
of Light, God of Change
our hearts and minds
embrace equality and justice for all people around the world.
in us the desire to bring change in our world.
our hearts so that your light may shine through us.
ALL: Light of God transfigure us!
There is yet more of your light and truth
to break forth from among us.
Transfigured by the
Light of God
was written by the Rev. Karen Georgia A. Thompson, Minister for Racial Justice
with Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
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