“Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NIV) Give us life without harm, injustice, brutal attacks, death threats, unlawful arrests, grief and other misery. Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the works give us peace, your love and your blessed assurance that racism will end.
Let’s us hold our breath at 1:11 pm for 9 seconds.
Then, let us pray.
We lift our eyes to the hills from where comes our help. Our help comes from you, O God.
We look to you, O God, for help and strength.
We know your eyes are upon us.
Almighty God, there’s none like You.
We are lost without You, O God.
God, You created us in your image and likeness.
But, some people have become hardened, inhumane, wicked, racist, and unashamed. Their behavior rips through the health, spirit, and soul of our nation.
God, we watched George Floyd’s painful death at the hands of intense hatred. It’s breathtaking to watch a man’s life painfully slip away at the hands of a Law Officer or police. His death opened many eyes and united many voices.
We pray, “O God, Have Mercy!” Comfort and support Mr. Floyd’s family! Bring peace, justice, and righteousness!
We hold our breath as we remember the deaths of many other innocent Brown and Black Brothers and Sisters. We can hardly breathe through the flood of tears.
O God, how much longer must we bear witness to the wickedness and suffering of your people?
God, give us ears to hear from you.
Speak to us O God, loud and clear.
O God, stay near. We will not fear.
O, God! Watch over us.
O God, have Mercy on us!
Look upon us, O God. We pray, release the chains and untie the noose around us.
No more running, no more hands up, and no more faces pressed against the ground. We shall no longer be bound by separate set of laws.
Give us freedom and justice. God,end the murdering of our innocent brothers and sisters. How long shall we hold our breath and wait?
O God, set us free.
Lord, have Mercy! Mercy, O God!
We can’t breathe!
But You, O God, can see all things and do what seems impossible.
Deliver us from evil, O God.
O God, help us to hold on, march on, speak out, live on, and embrace your will.
We can “Be Still,” and restless.
You alone are God are Holy.
We will hold our breath as You O God, guide us through the valleys of changes America desperately needs.
God, bless us with Grace and Mercy!
Give us everlasting peace.
Inspired by Psalm 123:1-4 MSG
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 4
There are many aspects of the pandemic that are difficult and challenging. As a result of these dynamics, many people are suffering in so many ways. Their heartaches profoundly touch us. We also look forward to consoling those in our communities who have lost jobs or are facing financial uncertainty. We celebrate the courage and the dedication of front-line health care and nursing home staff, grocery store workers, and others now recognized as essential. We remember with gratitude those who work every day to care for the vulnerable and marginalized. We seek systemic policy changes to create a safety net under those struggling with hunger and homelessness and those who have to choose every day between work and their safety.
Amid all these circumstances, each day, we read the growing number of those who have died. Deaths that are often experienced through great suffering and fear and separated from the direct presence of loved ones. The rising number of deaths can be so overwhelming and yet, a constant factor in our daily lives. However, we can quickly become numb and can begin to only see the end as another number to track before moving on.
We are asking our Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ (SNECUCC) clergy and laity and the wider community to participate in a daily discipline of prayer for those who died due to COVID-19 and to support the families and loved ones who are grieving their loss. As God’s beloved children, we are asking in prayer to lift them to God’s eternal care and comfort.
The method of practicing this discipline is an existing prayer ministry called “Park and Pray at 1:11 PM,” started and developed by Rev Cleo Graham in 2015. We are encouraging others to participate in “Park and Pray at 1:11 PM” as a spiritual practice of daily prayer by stopping to pray at 1:11 PM each day. For additional information, you may refer to the website. www.parkandprayat111.com.
Please consider joining us in this daily discipline of prayer by first dedicating yourself to set your alarm to pray each day at 1:11 PM, and then going further to encourage those in your congregation, family, and friends to join with you in prayer.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms 23:6
Let us Pray:
(You may use your own prayer or the suggested prayer below)
Almighty God, we humbly park and pray at 1:11 PM.
In your Holy presence, we imagine lighting a candle.
For there’s no place, we’d rather be than in your presence.
God, we come before your presence with praise and thanksgiving,
We come as privileged people who can go to God in prayer, to receive God and for God to welcome us.
“What a fellowship, what a joy divine to lean on the everlasting God.”
Bread of Life, Breath of Life, Light of the World, and our Hope eternal. Thank you for your sinless sacrifice to redeem us and restore us to a right relationship with you O God.
We seek your guidance, your healing power, and the blessings of your Holy Word and protection.
We call on You O God to:
Forgive us for disconnecting our lives and separating from you.
Forgive us for failing to seek you during these difficult times.
We seek forgiveness for our sins and we ask you to make us whole again.
God, we pray the world may know you, hunger, and thirst for you.
We pray for our homes, our families, our friends, and neighbors.
We especially pray for our children who are missing schools and friends.
We pray for children who will experience Confirmation, Baptism, and other milestones in new ways.
May the glory of God’s Peace rise above any strife, neglect, disharmony, and bitterness.
We pray for a united church that seeks Christ, his wisdom, his word, his will, and his ways.
We pray for (Names) those who are unemployed. Gracious God, build new employment.
We pray for (Names) who are sick and distressed, especially all who are affected by the Covid-19 virus may they experience your healing.
We pray for (Names) those grieving from a loss. May they experience your Comfort, O God.
We pray for (Names) those who have died. May the end of each life journey celebrate in the kingdom of God’s eternal home.
We pray for (Names) those who are financially burdened and unemployed that they may experience your Grace, O God.
We pray for all who keep us safe, that all will practice social distancing, barrier protection, and social isolation as protective measures warrant.
Relieve the stress associated with loneliness and solitude.
Merciful God, help us to unite in prayer this day and every day.
Strengthen our faith and renew our daily commitment to prayer.
O God, we glorify your name as we Park and Pray at 1:11 PM.
Before we turn the page let’s park and pray at 1:11 for Ahmaud
God, You who formed his inward parts; You, Almighty God knitted him together in his mother’s womb. We praise you, for he was fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.” Psalm 139:13-14.
Dear God, your eyes beheld his unformed substance. In Your Book were written all the days that were formed for him. A precious gem, a work in progress and a life that tragically ended.
Merciful God, comfort his family, friends, community and world, shaken and awakened again by the stench of evil. Hear our prayers.
Almighty Healer, search all who are wicked. Give them a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a mind that rejects evil and delights in goodness.
May the Light of your Holy presence be our Guardian and Protector. Thank You for promising to love us, give us grace and eternal peace.
Lord, hear our prayers. ICN, Amen
Renay Intisar Jihad – Welcoming our Guest Writer
just lettin’ go
of all those things
I think I knew or know
‘bout love, life, livin’
& naggin’ cravins’
I’m no wannabee
my own brown skin
for now, ‘tis good
to just be here
in the now, not the should
gonna kick up my feet
& read a book
not a “how-to” book
somethin’ funny & good
be lazy as hell
no one bet-not say nothin’
sleep as late as I want
even eat in bed often
gonna swim in a lake
with my clothes off, too
not for exercise
but for sensations brand new
gonna shop at the mall
not for a “minimizer” bra
or a tummy-thinnin’ girdle
or a “sliminizer” dress
somethin’ simple, but loud, will do
long as it’s comfortable
share with my hubby
a ton of love
give to my family
go beyond and above
get on a plane, go
to who knows where
get on a train, go
to who dares care
just stroll, crack jokes, ease
my way through crowds
talk soft, talk junk
talk loudly, talk punk
I damn well please
Let’s park, breathe and pray.
Spirit of the living God breathe Light, life, and healing in our lives. Almighty, strengthen our endurance. As we enter the Sanctuary of Your love, build our spiritual relationships with you, and your children.
Let this be the fast that connects us in spirit. Keep us safe. Let us tap into your Power that’s beyond our finite imagination. Help us use this power to serve You and Your will, O God.
Let us bear witness to the gift of faith. O Lord, grow the seeds of caring and compassion within me..
Let’s call You, O Holy Lover, the Great Stream of Light, the Almighty, and the Creator.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm., by pressing the reset, and calming the toxic impulses.
We pause, fast, give and stretch our spiritual muscles. We open space for You are Holy, Almighty, a Love Supreme and the Beam of Light pulsating throughout darkness.
We pray, Lord, have mercy on those who are sick, separated, in harms way, and without a place to stay. Help us overcome invisible attacks, losses, feeling flatlined by heartbreaks and heartaches.
We give thanks for our loved ones, especially those who are no longer with us. Help us to live peacefully without them.
Help us to love, comfort and care for one another. Help us to do and to be our best. To trust You, O God will do the rest.
Let us park and pray at 1:11 pm.
Pray these words, “As You will O God, as You will.”
“Thank you God.” 🙏🏾❤️