Prayer for Christian Social Order   Leave a comment

Colored Water Cooler

A Man Using a Colored Water Cooler, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July 1939

Photographer = Lee Russell

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-fsa-8a26761

Prayer Source = Book of Worship (1942), Evangelical and Reformed Church


O God of our fathers, we desire to make before thee a solemn act of penitence on behalf of the Church.  We, her children, had done little to further thy kingdom on earth by the establishment of social justice.  We humble ourselves before thee for our neglect, and seek thy forgiveness.  We confess that we have often forgotten that since thou art our Father, all men are our brethren, and that we are stewards and not owners of all that thou hast given us.  Pardon any indifference and apathy toward the sufferings of those who labor.  Pardon any bitterness toward those who abound.  Forgive us for having allowed injustice and oppression to remain too often unrebuked and unredressed.  These and all other sins we confess with grief and shame.  Endue thy holy Church with power to break every yoke and to let the oppressed go free.  May the love of Christ constrain us, and may thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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