Dec 26, 2016

Prayer Litany: Our Times are in Your Hands

Here’s a responsive litany for the start of a new year. It was written by the Rev. J. Lee Hill, Senior Pastor of the Christian Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ in San Diego, and posted on the Worship Ways page of the United Church of Christ website.

Prayer Litany:
Our Times are in Your Hands

God of new beginnings, God of sacred endings,
we gather tonight under the shade of a darkened sky,
in this in-between time and space,
unsure of what the future holds…
awaiting transformation, renewal, the chance to begin again.
Our times are in Your hands, O God,
give us hope for the journey.

We have traveled through dangers seen and unseen,
we have tiptoed through dark nights of the souls
and wrestled against powers that should have kept us down.
Our times are in Your hands, O Lord,
give us courage for the journey.

Encourage us to be ever mindful of Your Still Speaking Voice;
to dance without fear when the morning has come,
and to know that with the coming of Your Light
fear must release its death-grip on our lives.
Our times are in Your hands, O God,
give us light for the journey.

Today we stand in this present moment,
frustrated by miscarriages of justice,
angered by the lack of collective concern
for black and brown bodies,
exasperated with a broken immigration policy,
racism, sexism, homophobia, mass incarceration
and we deeply grieve the growing numbers of deaths by gun violence;
can we make it through this night without some form of gun violence?
Our times our in Your hands, O God,
give us justice for the journey.

The future stretches out before us full of mystery and full of surprise. 
We need You, God of New Beginnings, to set the course,
and guide our feet in the way of righteousness.
Our times are in Your hands, Triune God,
give us life.

~ from Watch Night Service 2016, written by Rev. J. Lee Hill, Senior Pastor, Christian Fellowship Congregational UCC of San Diego (edited). Posted on the Worship Ways page of the United Church of Christ website. http://www.ucc.org/worship_worship-ways