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DPS Black Lives Matter Resources
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Sermons:

 

Scriptures:

Jeremiah 22:3: This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!

Proverbs 31:8-9: Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!

1Corinthians 12:13: For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

1John 2:11: But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Galatians 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Prayer of Confession

Holy God, we come before you with hearts full of pain,
and our bones crushed by the weight of sin.
We come in confession and repentance.Lord have mercy!
It is enough!", the prophets cry.
Yet still black men are doomed to die by those who wish to vilify.

It is enough!
The harm must cease from warring madness by police.
Who are sworn to protect, keep peace.
For the comfort we have secured with our silence,
For our lack of action in the face of racism,
White supremacy and privilege.
We come in confession and repentance.
Lord, have mercy.

It is enough!
We cannot wait
No more excuse for bias, hate!
Your savagery we cannot take.
It is enough!
We cannot breathe!
Will you stand there and watch us bleed?
Are you not moved by cries and pleas?

For our failure to be an obedient church,
For not having done your will,
For breaking your law and rebelling against your love
For not loving our neighbors,
And not hearing the cry of the needy,
Forgive us, we pray,
Free us for joyful obedience,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

This is the day of new beginnings.
The grace of God, that goes before us,
is able to transform all things and make us new.
We are called to lean into the sanctifying grace of God,
that calls us to peace with one another.

 

Prayer For Healing Racism

Jesus, You see people as precious and valuable. Live that truth through me always. If I’ve wronged someone and racism is the root of that wrong, lead me in reconciliation. Lord, show me my own prejudices so I can seek Your repentance. Guide me to act in ways that lead to true justice. Father God, forgive me for losing sight of the Truth that You created all people in Your image. By Your grace, help me to see hatred - whether initiated or returned - as a tool Satan uses to keep me from experiencing and sharing the richness of Your love. Help me to love the way you love and to spread kindness and mercy as Jesus did. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.