As day breaks we arise weary
for there is no rest for the soul torn asunder
by the brutal realities of our American sin, so deeply disturbing our peace
Racism is our uniquely American sin as much a part of this nation as baseballs and apple pies.
Merciful Savior, how grotesque to see Your House so defiled by sin.
We tear our hair out and gnash our teeth.
We weep with Jesus now.
Only by Your holy power we still pray, we still believe in love.
Send us Your power in the form of a New Generation of leaders who will help us arise one day free from this sin.
We pray for our children. We have failed them.
Merciful Savior, we repent and lament this evil thing that ensnarls us in racial disharmony.
Forgive us, O Lord of Love, forgive us. We do not wish to be known by acts of terror, but acts of love.
We dare to hope that our sins may be forgiven and our souls liberated from hatred.
Merciful Savior, we need desperately to know that You are with us even now. Enfold all those who grieve, who cannot speak, who are weary and worn.
Resurrect this Body. We in the white church have been dead too long to the realities of racism in America.
Help us walk the long road of race reconciliation and justice, in our Merciful Savior’s name.