Langston Hughes Prayer at 1:11

During Black History month 2021,  we share the prayers of notable Black Americans born during February.

Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes!  Feb. 1st

(We light a candle and pray your prayer at 1:11 pm)


by Langston Hughes

Gather up 

In the arms of your pity 

The sick, the depraved, 

The desperate, the tired, 

All the scum 

Of our weary city 

Gather up 

In the arms of your pity. 

Gather up 

In the arms of your love— 

Those who expect 

No love from above.


During February, Carter G. Woodson sought to honor and also recognize Black Americans’ history and contributions. 

Prayer for Biden and Harris.

O Lord, our God hear our prayer.

We come before your presence with praise and thanks. We come O God, standing, sitting, falling on bended knees, or laying faced down with outstretched hands.

We park and pray at 1:11 p.m.

We stop and pray out of the depths of our being.

Almighty God, we thank you for your loving presence, guidance, grace and mercy.

Gracious God, you when President Lincoln was driven upon his knees, You answered his prayers and his presidency succeeded.

Today, we are thankful for inauguration office President Biden and Vice President Harris who prayerfully call on you. We call on you, O God to protect their lives and their loved ones. May no weapon formed against them prosper. Protect them all throughout their life journey. We pray they will successfully govern in a way that is pleasing to You O God.

God, help President Biden and Vice President Harris to comfort those who mourn the loss of more than 400,000 lives due to the COVID-19 virus.

Almighty God, we pray for Your will guidance and attention to our nation’s needs.

Many are sick, unemployed, and restless. Some children and youth are leaving their Chrome Books behind for video games. God help us!

Yet, more people are engaged in online worship and prayer.

Gracious God, heal and protect our nation from the evil that seeks to destroy the heart and soul of our nation.

Lord, God, have mercy on all who hope for a better job, home and education for our children. Equip teachers and students with the desire and resources to succeed.

Have mercy, O God, have mercy on us! We call, Emmanuel! Allah, Great God, Holy Mother, Loving Father, Holy Spirit, ABBA, Jehovah, Love Divine, Jesus, the Christ, Magnificent Savior, Holy Spirit, Alpha & Omega, Everlasting One.
Hear us O Holy One, hear our cries and our prayers. Help our new President and Vice President lead the people to exercise respect for life.

To trust the wisdom of Science and Spirit that calls to be loving, patient, kind, not envious, arrogant, resentful or dangerous. To rejoice in truth. To comfort the broken-hearted and to promote peace.
Bless all with renewed hope and promises.

Help us, O God to receive justice. We call on you to deliver the long awaited justice so we may overcome these painful times.
Receive our prayers, O God.
In your Holy Name. Amen

The Day After Election Day !?!

​Rev. Jane Vennard​, ​UCC  Pastor, Educator, and spiritual director wrote this prayer that caught my attention today,  two months later.

“The Day After Election Day”

Gracious God, Spirit of life……
We pause in your presence……. We breathe deeply……..
The day we have been waiting for has come and gone.
Some of us are celebrating, grace us with humility in our victory. Some of us are mourning, grace us with compassion in our loss.
Grant all of us the courage to go forward into the unknown future With hands out stretched in kindness,
With hearts over flowing with empathy,
With our minds set on justice and peace.
Help us be patient.
Help us stand strong in the midst of chaos.
Help us see to all of creation through your eyes of love.
Be with us as we work to create harmony in this divided world. Be with us as we struggle and fall and rise again.
Shower us with your mercy opening our heats to receive your blessing We ask this in the name of all that is Holy. Amen


On December 3, 1978, South American priest Father Oscar Romero wrote a  PRAYER FOR ADVENT

Advent should admonish us to discover

in each brother or sister that we greet,

in each friend whose hand we shake,

in each beggar who asks for bread,

in each worker who wants to use the right to join a union,

in each peasant who looks for work in the coffee groves,

the face of Christ.

Then it would not be possible to rob them,

to cheat them,

to deny them their rights.

They are Christ,

and whatever is done to them

Christ will take as done to himself.

This is what Advent is:

Christ living among us.



Dear loved ones, I thank God for you. I offer these prayers for us.

Holy God, we give thanks for this bountiful blessing.

We give thanks for your presence and love. 

We remember all who are missing from our table.

We give thanks for their lives.

We ask for Your blessings on this meal, our lives and time. 

May your favor be upon us. 

May your glorious power be made known to us. May our relationship with You and others prosper.

In our Savior’s Name, we pray. Amen.



                                                             How Great Thou Art! 

O Lord, My God! How Great Thou Art!

O Lord How Excellent! How Great Thou Art!

We enter this time of prayer thankful to be in your presence. 

We come with praise, thanksgiving and concerns.

We come knowing you are not confined to a building.

You are not held still between brick and mortar.

God Almighty, You are everywhere.

How Great Thou Art!

Great God, hear our prayers:

For our families, friends, neighbors, strangers, foes and creatures.

For those  who are near and far. 

For all who are struggling with sickness and disease.

We pray for all who struggle to survive.

We pray for all who are grieving for those who have died. 

Death causes many of us to pause and reflect on our own mortality.

O God, How Great Thou Art! Hear our prayers.

For all who feel the pain of grief and loss of freedom, essentials, and more.

For all who sacrifice their lives to defend and protect us. 

For all who misunderstand the effect of invisible pathogens that are physical and spiritual disruptions. 

For all our leaders , especially those who govern our nation. 

We pray their decisions come from Your Holy wisdom inspired through prayer and discernment.

O God, How Great Thou Art!

Almighty God, hear our prayers. 

We stop in silence to hear Your message for us.

Great God, be that spiritual mask that clings to us and protects us.

O God, You are our protective armor and shield from invisible harm.

O Lord, My God!  How Great Thou Art! We Pray in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving
By Rev. Cleo Graham

If You Love Me…

Do This For Me….

If you love me wear a mask.

As a Spiritual Practice ❤️

If you 💕 me stand back.

Wash your hands for me.

If you love me 🙏🏾 with me at 1:11 pm.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” Psalms‬ ‭51:10-12‬ ‭NRSV‬‬

If you love me have a heart and do it for me.

Painting by Jacqueline Lofgren

Amen, Amen!

Let it be! So be it! Amen! These are words often spoken by us at the end of our prayers.

Recently, we prayed, voted, and we prayed again. We released prayers, hopes, concerns and thanks to Almighty God. Some of us waited patiently, while others were impatient and yet, we all received the same results. Joe Biden is the President elect and Kamala Harris is the Vice President elect. I believe God has spoken through the voices of the people. Let us say Amen!

The 2020 Presidential campaign ended and the results were decisive, however many people contested it. Let us fall on our knees and pray for God’s protection, healing and peace:

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Almighty God, as many celebrate the outcome of this election, help us let go of any related discomforts. Unite us around these common words, “Amen.” God, “Let it be,” “as You will,” and Your Way. Holy One, we seek Your power to inspire lasting peace with each breath. Heal our land. Restore our soul with each common heartbeat. May Your Spirit resonate within us. Our Lord, Let it be! So be it! Amen!

Pray Vote Pray

Dear God,
On this day, we remember You, the Almighty God.
We remember Your will, Your promises and Your Power to fulfill the righteous prayers of Your children. Today, we vote for a leader of our nation. We hope, and pray that our next President will listen and obey You. We lean on the side of Your truth. It sets us free.
We circle “loving-kindness,” on our ballots. It soothes our souls.
We touch the hem of Your garment, and we are made whole.
We feed the ballot boxes with our desires to be united as,
“One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We pray, we vote, and we pray at 1:11, and all times in Your Holy Name, Amen.
Now, we wait, we work and we keep the faith.

When So Much Seems Unknown

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

Holy One,

At this moment and perhaps in every moment, there is much in the world and in our lives that is unknown to us — the route and length of the pandemic, the results of elections and leadership across the world, the outcomes and consequences of the demands for racial justice, and even the walk of our own lives tomorrow or next week or next year. Deepen our trust in the Mystery, O God; deepen our reliance in the power of your Holy Spirit to carry us into our tomorrows, to seat us deeply in your Word and to heal and transform the world. In your mercy and to your glory, we pray. Amen

The Rev. Sr. Miriam Elizabeth, Order of Saint Helena

Prayer for POTUS and All

Holy One, You call us to pray for one another and pray for everyone.

Prayerfully, we come before your presence with thanks in our hearts. God our Comforter, we ask for your Grace and Mercy for our appointed leader, the head of our nation, the POTUS (President of the United States). 🙏🏾

You taught us about the power of prayer. You taught us how to pray. Today, we park and pray at 1:11. We speak and sing healing prayers. We trust Y to hear and answer our prayers.

Today, we pray for the POTUS, his family, friends, colleagues, and those stricken by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

O God, we lift up healing prayers for the POTUS, and all who reside, visit and work in the White House. All who are affected by his condition.

We pray the POTUS uses good judgments.

We pray he makes righteous and thoughtful decisions.

We pray the POTUS has an Ananias’ moment like early century Saul who after an encounter with God, Saul became Paul who devoted his life to serving God. Merciful God, lay Your hands on the POTUS. Make your presence known to him.

May the SCALES fall from his eyes. Scales that blur eyesight, insight, foresight and hindsight.

We pray healing for his body, mind and spirit. Lord, create in him a clean heart, a renewed spirit, a humble mind, and a righteous soul. May Your spirit dwell within him.

Gracious God, heal and transform the POTUS just like You changed Saul to Paul, a tender and righteous one who lived to serve and glorify God.

Lord in Your Mercy bless all who read this 🙏🏾.

In our Savior’s Name, Amen.

(Ref. Acts 9:17-19 NRSV)

A Prayer for God’s Way

After the painful Presidential Debate, the clouds cried and it rained all night. Many remember the talking points and the shifting conversations. It resembled thunderstorms of undigested thoughts intended to hurt and harm some of the hearers. Today is a new day. Let’s Pray at 1:11 for God’s Way.

1God be gracious to us and bless us ♦
and make Your face to shine upon us,

2That Your way may be known upon earth, ♦
Your saving power among all nations.

3Let the peoples praise You, O God; ♦
let all the peoples praise You

4O God, let the nations rejoice and be glad, ♦
for You will judge the peoples righteously
and govern the nations upon earth.

5Let the peoples praise You, O God;
let all the peoples praise You

6Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, ♦
and God, our own God, will bless us.

7God will bless us, ♦
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. Psalms 67

O God, hear now the prayers of your people who are in our hearts and on our minds. We pray for all who are affected by the pandemic, the fires and the floods. We pray for the First Responders, Teachers, Students, Healthcare Workers, Grocers, Postal Carriers, Workers, Unemployed etc.,

In the face of You, O God we are mindful of Your presence.
Your Light and Glory shines forth,
O God of all the nations;
we call upon You to hear the prayers of all Your people.
O God, make known Your presence and Your grace to us.
Help us to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly in Your ways. Help us to live and to speak Your way. In Your Holy name we pray. Amen.

Justice Ruth A Precious Pearl

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Today, we park and pray at 1:11 pm.

We mourn her passing.
We celebrate her life.
We remember her opinions, her acts, and her compassion.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Notorious Rapper, a mighty force, and a voice with a bullhorn message.

She was a righteous and precious Pearl of Hope.

A Mustard Seed who grew beyond her challenges.
Thank God for her presence during our lifetime.

Well done good and faithful servant.
Notorious R.BG., she fought, and she won the hearts of many.
She’s blessed with rest and with a fulfilled promise of peace eternal.

Farewell to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
We will remember you among the Pearls of Hope shining ever so bright.

The Flag Within

Remembering 911

The Flag Within

By Renay Ingram
(Excerpts from her book)

There’s a flag within me
A flag within you
True patriotic red, white, and blue



These ideals mark
our collective reality …

Flags waving high
Arms extended to the sky above
Flag draped low
Citizens appreciate the freedoms
they have grown to love and know

From Ground Zero to Ground Hero
Living memorials to the deceased
Funeral pits are grave sights
Charitable acts erase or ease
enduring pain and grief…

People are seeking a life worth completely living

People are seeking a shift away from previous norms

People are working to establish a higher sense of right

People want relief from the recent shocking storms

Flaunting this emblem conscientiously is one response
to the massive tragedies

By providing thoughts of comfort, solace, faith or a chance to trace our heritage’s grace

These journeys must be made today

As streams of tears flood innocent faces
We focus our deeds of courageous acts
helping the beseiged with our hands and our hearts
Aiding those who are in need

Yet duty’s call cannot replace
The afflicted lives dissolved by ashes laced
with weapons of hate and mass destruction
Victim’s families will never see or touch
the cherished lost ones who are treasured so much…

Flags marking street corners are reminders of pride
As people march humbly, walk soberly, or somberly ride

In or to parades, memorials, vigils and funerals
Some pause to ask questions wanting, pleading to know why
while shedding endless cries

Flags of hope, courage, bravery and strength
Flags of valor distinctly marking this day forward

As people hold on to victory’s crest
certain the flag’s precepts will move everyone onward

But onward to what place? What place and where?
The public has stopped to ask these imperative questions sbecause they sincerely care

Book available on Amazon

Let us pray for our nation.

Our Little Lives

A Prayer by Howard Thurman

Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!
The quietness in Your temple of silence again and again rebuffs us:
For some there is no discipline to hold them steady in the waiting,
And the minds reject the noiseless invasion of Your spirit.
For some there is no will to offer what is central in the thoughts—
The confusion is so manifest, there is no starting place to take hold.
For some the evils of the world tear down all concentrations
And scatter the focus of the high resolves.
We do not know how to do what we know to do.
We do not know how to be what we know to be.
Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!
Pour out upon us whatever our spirits need of shock, of life, of release
That we may find strength for these days—
Courage and hope for tomorrow.
In confidence we rest in Your sustaining grace
Which makes possible triumph in defeat, gain in loss, and love in hate.
We rejoice this day to say:
Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!

Written by Howard Thurman,Theologian, Preacher Teacher & more

A Time Out

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11

Merciful God, we crave your kind of patience. We long for your peace. We look forward to a steady stream of Your truth blowing like a breeze gently laid across our nation. May it be as common as the air we breath.

We pray one day soon all that fails to shield us from the brutal forces of hatred, racism and injustice will be removed. We will come face to face before Your judgement and gracefully adjust our ways to Your desires for us.

Oh Sacred Heart, help us to see the truth as You made it, and live righteous, faithful lives that You fashioned for us. May the beauty of Your creation disrupt the lives of those who spread seeds of dissension and who inflame harmony.

Help us recognize and receive Your Gift of Grace and passion to embrace a renewed spirit.

Holy One, shine a light of new reckoning for anxious hearts, and healing for troubled souls.

Protect and Bless us with freedom to live, breath and have our being among the righteous. We offer our praise and thanks to You, O God.

In Your Name, Amen.

A Letter to God

Dear God,

There are times when our burdens ar greater than our blessings.

Thank God, for teaching us to pray.

Thank you for answering our prayers.

Let us pray:

Gracious God, thank you for your unfailing love.

Thank you for your promise of peace and compassion.

Thank you for the many ways you show up in our lives.

We are humbled by our relationship with you.

O God, whose power is greater than we can imagine.

Lay Your hands upon the soul of our nation.

Inspire love for one another as spiritual siblings.

Guide us through these challenging times.

Strengthen our faith and bless us with grace.

In our Savior’s Name. Amen


Your Children

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah‬ ‭54:10‬

What Do You Ask For?

Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me! Ps 5:8 NET

Let Us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
A pleasant road;
I do not ask that thou would’st take from me
Aught of its load.
For one thing only, Lord, dear Lord, I plead:
Lead me aright—
Though strength should falter, and though heart should bleed—
Through peace to light.
— Adelaide A. Procter.

Inspired by Youdevotion

John Lewis, A Living Sacrifice

Remembering Rep. John Lewis, his Call, his names, the seeds he sowed and the plants that grew in our nation. A Living Sacrifice.

Wikipedia John Lewis 2/21/1940-7/21/20

His name was John. I called him the Blessed Gardener. Yet, many called him these other names and attributes:

A Bridge and a Builder

A legendary Icon”

“Lion of the Civil Rights”


“The Conscience of Congress”

A Moral leader

A Sharecropper’s Son

A Cotton Farm Boy

A Loving brother, father, uncle, cousin and friend

A Widow wedded to the Promise of freedom and justice for all

A Hero

A Georgia Congressman

A Change Agent

A Movement

Peaceful, Nonviolent, Hero

An Architect of the march

A Bridge in troubled waters

A Champion, Protester, Agitator, and Support for innocent Gun violence victims

A “Good Trouble Maker” who sat down and called his colleagues to Sit In and change Gun Violence legislations

A Force who sat at forbidden lunch counters.

A Prisoner for nonviolent protests who stood up for Voters Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Liberty, and the welfare and dignity of all people.

An Advocate, an Idol and Icon of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. teachings

“A Voice to the Voiceless” MLK III

A Giant of the Civil Rights Movement

A Broken Skull, Scarred

A Fearless Survivor of the 1963 March on Washington

A Beacon of Hope, an Inspiration

A Titan, A Good Man

An Icon of Anerican History

A Promoter of public service, civic education, leadership, peace and good troublemaking

A Hero and now Legend

Devoted to his faith and country

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm and remember Congressman John Lewis who was a Living Sacrifice.

Park and Pray at 1:11 pm:

Holy One,

We called Congressman John Lewis many names. We pinned on him many attributes. You called him and fashioned him for our times.

God, we thank You for his life and his works. Thank You for calling him, inspiring and equipping him to do the hard work. May his seeds of love and nonviolent protest flourish. May his life inspire generations to serve You and heal our nation and world according to Your ways and as You will.

In our Savior’s Name. Amen


Bible Version
by Dareh Gregorian, Haley Talbot and Frank Thorp V | NBC NEWS

Breathe On Us Now

“As earth’s flowers need Heaven’s sun and dew — so our lives need Heaven’s grace and love to make them what they should be.”

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11

O God, our heavenly Father, Mother, we need Your blessing and help. We are blind, and cannot see where to set our feet, and we need to be led by the hand of One who knows all the paths. We put our hands in Yours this day. Show us the way, for You know its every step.
Tell us what You would have us to do. You have a plan for our day’s life. There are things You have set down for each one of us to do. May we find these things, and may we have grace to do them all.
Keep us from being so absorbed in our own plans and schemes, that we cannot take Your plan and do Your will. If sometimes it is hard for us to take Your way, if it breaks into our cherished hopes and desires help us always to say, “Thy Will be done.”
We ask You to give us grace to live today as we should live. Life is not easy for us. Our burdens are heavy. There are temptations at each step.
Help us to speak only the words that will minister grace to those who hear.
Help us to be honest in all our business transactions.
Help us to be thoughtful and kind to all we meet.
Help us to be a strength to many. Let us be a discourager to none.
Please bless all of our work today. Without your blessing, there can be no true profit.
As earth’s flowers need Heaven’s sun and dew — so our lives need Heaven’s grace and love to make them what they should be.
Breathe on us , as we bow here at Your feet, and fill us with Your Spirit as we go forth. Then we shall be blessed, and be ready for a day of love and peace and joy.
We ask all these favors, with the forgiveness of our sins, in the name of our Savior. Amen.
Daily Prayer Guide 7/16/20 adapted

Stop! In the Name of Life

It’s 1:11 pm 🛑.

Let’s stop in the name of life.

Let’s pray for ourselves and for others. Replace “me” and “my” with other names.

Park and pray at 1:11 pm.

Center yourself.

Focus on your crown

Your heart or navel.

Breathe slow and deep.

Feel God’s presence. Pray:

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…

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Lord have mercy on…

I’m troubled by…

Help me…

Give me your blessed assurance…

Lead me…Guide me to… Open…

Heal me…

Relieve me..




Satisfy my…

Hear the silent prayers of my heart.

Thank you O Merciful God. In my Savior’s Name 🙏🏾. Amen

A Prayer in the Sky

When was the last time you’ve seen a rainbow?

I saw this rainbow in the sky. It reminded me of God’s love.

I see many shades melting together as one shining illumination. It’s arc is bending toward love.

Let’s Pray……..>~~~~~~~~>

To the Holy One,

To the God who puts rainbows in the sky and colors our path with shades of lightening and mercy.

Destroy all lethal viruses and corrupt natures.

Cleanse our spirits with a fresh coat of life giving love. Purify every breath, every drop, and every earthly being. Create in us a clean ❤️ and a renewed spirit.

Make us feel free to walk along the paths of life, to touch, sing and dance together again.

Satisfy us with your Holy presence. Protect us from harm and disarm our fears.

Bless us with your grace and everlasting peace.

In Your Name we pray. Amen

Taking Off the Masks!

Masks made by Renay Intisar Jihad

Let’s take a deep breath. Pray…

Dear God,
Help us!
Uncover what’s hidden behind our masks.
Help us O God!

Breathe with a fresh understanding.

Yes, uncover hatred, racism and tainted privilege.

You’ve removed the masks and allowed many to breathe.

No more of “you can’t…but I can!”

No more hidden agendas

No more derogatory insults spoken under the breath that You, O God own.

Our lips are no longer sealed behind the cloth of Self Righteousness. So we run wild!

As if someone let the dogs loose to roam without a leash. To release their dung on a neighbors freshly cut grass, a carpet that celebrates Light and makes even our bare feet laugh!

O God, Light of the world. You’ve torn off the mask and awakened the dead. Unbound Lazarus! He is awake and without his mask!

Holy One! Shine your Light!

Illuminate a path for healing, reconciliation, recovery and renewal .

Magnify Peace! Righteousness !

Love Divine, Merciful Savior,

Teach us to inhale your love and exchange the same in our words and deeds.
Inspire us to resolve our country’s history of slavery, racism, innocent blood shed, and bigotry.

As we come to the first anniversary of George Floyd’s brutal death, we pray the spirit that turns protectors into aggressors is defeated.

Help us resolve the ways we are complicit and complacent.

Many eyes are now open to the horrors of racism, privilege and supremacy that seeks to overpower and torment those who struggle to transcend their suffering.

They remove their masks and show a guarded smile with a caution expression. For they remember yesterday’s nightmare. Masks help us cover our fears.

But, in order to heal, we must remove the masks! Reveal the scars, pus, blood, broken teeth, abscesses, and foul odor.

Debridement! Dig deep! Peel away the layers

We need a Debridement!

Remove the dead and the infected parts!

Dig deep into America’s history of slavery. Extract the false narratives. Remove the rotten wisdom? tooth!?!

A root canal. Explore and extract all that is rotten and full of pain.

Let it rain! Shed buckets of tears! Wet masks cleanse Dear God,

Hear our prayers.

Help us understand when unarmed Black and Brown men, boys and women are a threat greater than a gun.

Please God, have mercy!

Black Lives Matter to You God!

Black Lives Matter to us!
Black Lives must matter to All!

Time out! Time out!
Time without masks that hides our sins.

No more cover up.

No more covering our noses and avoiding the stench of racism.

God help us!
Take off our masks and witness what’s hidden.

Almighty God,

Shine a light on evil practices of racism, injustice and priveledge .

Merciful God,

Take off all masks!
Shine Your Holy Light on a righteousness path.

God help us!
Take off the masks! No coverups!
Shine a floodlight on our past, present and future.

May Your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. O that we may be a place for healing and renewal. Let us go. Give thanks, O God.

Embrace Your Holy presence.

We Park and Pray at 1:11. Amen

A Call for Healing

It is you Lord, and, you alone who heals and preserves us. Please, take this prayer into consideration.

We ask that you flood our hearts with a love that overflows with joy for justice and admiration of those who seek peace.

Let all of us hear your call to holiness, and those who are willing, answer this call; purging old ways and adopting practices of discipline that leads to greater faith.

Lord, help us live in ways that serve your purpose, so that the brokenness of the world can be mended and we can see a new day with new possibilities.

In Your Name we pray. Amen

A prayer written by guest writer

Rev. Barbara Smith

Every Breath is a Prayer

Every breath is a prayer.

A prayer that draws us nearer to the Holy, the Almighty, the Divine, God.

With each breath, Light breaks through strongholds.

Almighty God, deliver us from evil, and all that chokes the life and light out of your people.

O Lord, resuscitate the dead in spirit.

Lead all who fear the dark, the brown, the black and all that is unfamiliar through deadened paths.

Spare us the confessions and chokehold promises.

Bless all with the freedom to breathe that same free and clean air.

O God, hear our prayer.

Open new paths and help us to walk in the Light of Your Holy presence.

In Your Name we pray. 🙏🏾 Amen.

A Lamb of God

“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.

Holding Our Breath

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

A Call to Stop and Pray Daily at 1:11

5/22/2020 – article by: Cleo Graham, Scott Spencer, Tiffany Vail

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.
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 
Yours Truly, 

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. 

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Ahmaud Arbery of Georgia R.I.P

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

Cool Mom

Renay Intisar Jihad – Welcoming our Guest Writer

Cool Mom

unhandlin’ things
just lettin’ go
of all those things
I think I knew or know
‘bout love,  life,  livin’
& naggin’ cravins’
I’m no wannabee
bein’comfy in
my own brown skin
unhandlin’ things
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
doing whatever
I damn well please

Renay Intisar Jihad B.A., M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

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