UPDATE, April 20. A message from Pastor Anne:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1-3
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
In these hours following the verdict, may we recommit ourselves to do the difficult work to end systemic racism in our neighborhood, our cities, and our country. May we grow in understanding, patience, and compassion, treating each other with respect, and regarding each other as children of the living God.We pray for people whose hearts are broken in grief and whose lives have been forever changed by violent acts. -Pastor Anne April 20, 2021
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.
Tuesday, April 20. “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
Monday, April 19. “This light represents the finest of all of us: Our art, poetry and songs, discoveries, creations, and science. Our ability to pick ourselves up from a broken, mad, fractured life and feel part of another, and be part of whatever this universe is. To have a little bit of hope in spite of the madly ruthless, even horrific, drumbeat of history. In the midst of ruin, to discover some sort of unimaginable grace. To hide from death for yet one more day. On this, the darkest day, people will light a candle for all of that.” – from Zin by Ruth Ann Oskolkoff
Friday, April 16. “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.” – Dwight L. Moody
Thursday, April 15. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:12-13
Wednesday, April 14. “If I burn the candles, it means not only giving you light. It means to show you the fire which I have inside.” – Gaurav GRV Sharma
Tuesday, April 13. “I am praying for justice. I am praying I won’t be next.” -Matthew, 14
Monday, April 12. “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.“ Psalm 36:9
Friday, April 9. The Krentz family is saying prayers during the Derek Chauvin trial. Praying for peace, fairness, honesty, and love for all.
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
Wednesday, April 7. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, March 31. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton
Tuesday, March 30. “For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” Psalm 18:28
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
Friday, March 26. “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” – St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday, March 25. “There is a crack, a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen, Anthem
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“
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
Monday, March 22. “You are the light of the world!” – Godspell (from Matthew 5:14)
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
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
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
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
Links to Websites
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.