The theme for today is justice, which is fitting—although I didn’t plan this—because today was the Faith and Social Justice Conference here at Redeemer. Join me in prayer for justice in our shattered churches.
God of justice and Father of all compassion, establish justice and equity in Your churches. Expose our lies, our conspiracies and our abuses against one another. Do not let the blood of our inner conflicts continue to run in the streets, but establish the reign of Your peace. May we submit ourselves to the rule of Your kingdom, whose seat of judgment is the cross—the God who reigns from the tree.
May each of us pursue justice to the hill of the skull, not seeking to establish our own correctness but instead submitting to one another: “Your will be done.” Move us to give up our pretensions to the seat of judgment, instead preferring to sit in the dirt to wash one another’s feet. In this grand act of hospitality, let us welcome as well the poor, the orphan, the immigrant, the refugee, the homeless, the elderly and the widow.
All these things we pray through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.