let justice roll


O Holy Father, we confess the weakness and sinfulness of our lives.
We have often turned away from thee to seek our own desires.
And often when we have done no evil, we have undertaken nothing of good,
and so have been guilty of uselessness and neglect.
From this sin of idleness and indifference set us free.
Lead us into fruitful effort, and deliver us from profitless lives.
We ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929 -1968, American pastor and civil rights activist

“Thou, Dear God”: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits


I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
    your assemblies are a stench to me.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

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