Loving God, as we prepare to observe World AIDS Day we thank you for the multiple advances in care that has been made over the past 30 years. We remember our brothers and sisters that have succumbed to the disease.
We pray for all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS who remain consigned to the margins. Provide them comfort and remove the isolation and fear that creeps in and envelopes them. Help them to remember that you love them just as they are, and that you are always there beside them, watching over them and guiding them.
We ask that you break down the barriers of stigma and shame that leads to isolation and fear. Help us to examine the intersections between poverty, immigration, class, race, sexism and other “isms” that contribute to new diagnoses.
Give us the courage to confront these issues and their intersectionality and “live as people who are free, not using our freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” Amen
prayer submitted by
DR. DAVID WILLIAMS, M.D., M.P.H
INTERIM PASTOR MCC CHRIST THE LIBERATOR
Health and Wellness
Metropolitan Community Churches
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As we hear, see, feel, and perceive you, help us to emulate your grace. Show us that ability transcends the five senses and all human talents and abilities. Remind us of the words of Jesus that say, “Whatever you do for another person, you do it for me.” Guide us as we plan our services, meetings and events-to plan as if we are expecting your children
who are deaf,
who are blind,
who have an intellectual disability
or a mobility impairment or
who have a food or environmental intolerance.
Show us that, with planning and forethought, we can be more accessible and inclusive as a Church and Social Movement.
Encourage us to seek out people in our communities and organizations who serve people with disabilities, who can answer questions and provide training for us as we travel the long and ever-widening road toward full access and inclusion for all of God’s people.
Give our leaders and educators, who offer training and guidance, a creative mind and a heart of grace. Help us to be intentional as we work together to be accessible and inclusive.
When we don’t get it right, bring us together in peace and forgiveness to learn from our mistakes, so we can be ready for the next opportunity to be even more accessible and inclusive to all of God’s people, and, as you invite all of us to your table, everyone can truly “come taste and see,” or “come accept and receive” the goodness of God’s inclusive love for all people.
prayer submitted by
LAY DELEGATE OF TRINITY MCC
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Officer of the UFMCC Disability Access and Inclusion Team Working Group
General Conference Team Planner and LEAD 10 Cohort
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