Jose Cortes Jr, an associate ministerial director of the North American Division, and Celeste Ryan Blyden, a vice president at the Columbia Union Conference, led worshippers in the following prayer of commitment during the August 19 joint worship service in Charlottesville, Va.
A Prayer of Commitment for the Adventist Joint Worship Service in Charlottesville
August 19, 2017
By Celeste Ryan Blyden
Leader: Oh God, as a community and as a people, we abhor evil and stand against individuals and organizations who perpetuate hatred, violence, and discrimination.
All: Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God?
Leader: You have called each of us to love, to be compassionate and to show mercy to all people no matter their race or gender.
All: Teach us to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God and one another.
Leader: We honor that call and stand in solidarity with those who seek peace and justice.
All: Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let me walk with my brothers and sisters in peace and harmony.
Leader: Help us to do everything in our power to end the scourge of racism, sexism and discrimination whenever and wherever we see it.
All: May we love one another as You have loved us.
Leader: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
All: May our purpose and goal be to demonstrate God’s love, bring healing to those who hurt, and live together in harmony.
Leader: Bring peace to our hearts and our community we pray.
This prayer draws from the joint Allegheny West Conference, Potomac Conference and Columbia Union Conference statement released August 15 and the following Bible texts: Psalm 133:1; Malachi 2:10; 1 John 4:11 and Micah 6:8.