Healing Our City

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.

riverside candle

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

youth committee zoom

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

lighted candle

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

youth zoom candles

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

Matthew candle

Tuesday, April 13. “I am praying for justice.  I am praying I won’t be next.” -Matthew, 14

candle by matisse

Monday, April 12. “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.“ Psalm 36:9

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

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)

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

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

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.

Silent Clergy Walks

On June 2, 2020, Pastor Mary Koon and Jim Koon participated in silent clergy walks in Minneapolis and St Paul. Black clergy lead the walks, followed by other clergy and people of faith. All faiths were represented!

Mary said, “We prayed and kept silence to bear witness to the pain and injustice endured for too long by people of color in the US. We kept silence knowing that the silence must lead to words and action.”

Oak Grove prays for the family and friends of George Floyd

A statement from Pastors Anne Fisher and Mary Koon, May 28, 2020:

Our hearts are deeply troubled by the loss of the life of George Floyd this week In Minneapolis, and by the subsequent acts of violence. Once again, a tragedy has exposed a gaping wound in our culture. We recognize the frustration and anger which happens when injustice occurs, and we mourn the needless loss of life. We pray for the true healing and reconciliation that comes from the necessary work of lamenting past transgressions and moving forward with a transparency that does not treat this tragedy as an isolated incident. We need to confront our role in perpetuating the racial divide in our community.

We pray for the family and friends of George Floyd. We pray for all who seek to protect us and to keep the peace. We pray for the leaders in our community. We do not condone the violence or additional loss of life and property. We call for justice, and we pledge to work at all levels of society so that all may be treated as beloved children of God. May we begin the difficult and holy work that must be done to bring peace and respect within our communities.

In the name of Jesus we say, “No more.”
“…they have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace. peace when there is no peace… Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not be restored?” Jeremiah 8:11, 22