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Candles and Prayers

March 8 marked the beginning of the trial in Minneapolis for justice for George Floyd. We encourage you to light a candle and join in prayer and silence every day of this trial. Please pray in your own way for peace, hope, and justice.  Please send us your photos of candles so that we can post one each weekday on this page and on Facebook.

harper candle

Friday, April 9. The Krentz family is saying prayers during the Derek Chauvin trial. Praying for peace, fairness, honesty, and love for all.

Anne with candle

Thursday, April 8. “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

owl and candle

Wednesday, April 7. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12

tulips and candle

Tuesday, April 6. “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” – Psalm 17:6

easter lily candle

Monday, April 5. “We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able share it with others.” –Pope Francis

candle lit in darkness

Friday, April 2. “Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts”. – Leo Tolstoy

britta with candle

Thursday, April 1.“This is the message we have heard and declare to you: God is light; in God there is no darkness at all.”  1 John 1:5

Vaughn with candle

Wednesday, March 31. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

Milissa candle

Tuesday, March 30. “For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” Psalm 18:28

Mary with candle

Monday, March 29. “[T]he night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;” Romans 3:12 RSV

stained glass angel and candle

Friday, March 26. “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” – St. Francis of Assisi

lit candle by frame

Thursday, March 25. “There is a crack, a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen, Anthem

courage candle

Wednesday, March 24.

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others
Open my ears that I may hear their cries;
Open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
And use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee.

Alan Paton, “For Courage to Do Justice

youth committee zoom

Tuesday, March 23. “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!” Psalm 43:3

catherine candle

Monday, March 22. “You are the light of the world!” – Godspell (from Matthew 5:14)

riverside candle

Friday, March 19. “Without the light that shines out of the darkness of the past, we cannot chart a new path into the future.” -Joan Chittister, Monasteries of the Heart

youth zoom candles

Thursday, March 18. “I learned without her saying a word that there are truly many ways to pray, and lighting a candle is one of them.” -Pat Schneider, How the Light Gets in: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

love one another as I have loved you candle

Tuesday, March 17. “Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34

Tuesday, March 16. “Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” Micah 7:8b

lighted candle

Monday, March 15. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, March 12. When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Thursday, March 11. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5

Wednesday, March 10. “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” Anne Frank

Tuesday, March 9. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

Monday, March 8. “We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof, For it is in loss that we truly learn to love. In this chaos, we will discover clarity. In suffering, we must find solidarity. For it’s our grief that gives us our gratitude, Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it. So ensure that this ache wasn’t endured in vain: Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.” -Amanda Gorman, The Miracle of Morning

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Healing Our City: A virtual prayer tent for Minneapolis. Join us at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, March 9 as we launch the Healing Our City Virtual Prayer Tent. This daily 20-minute experience will begin with a timely reflection by a different religious/spiritual leader each day. Following the reflection, participants will be invited into a period of 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent prayer/meditation.This virtual prayer tent will continue daily throughout the course of the trial. You may access this prayer experience via Zoom or as a livestream on our Healing Our City Facebook page. It will also be available as a recording on our Facebook page.

March 8 Global Day of Prayer for Justice for George Floyd and Black Liberation.