Jordan Tarwater

The Rev. Jordan Tarwater is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently serving as the Executive Director and Minister of the Urban Outreach Center at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Prayers of the People, in the Wake of Continued Police Violence: 7.12.16

God of Grace, this has been a week that still weighs heavy on many of our hearts. The world seems to be one of confusion and anger and deep sadness, rather than peace, love, and compassion.

We have seen lives cut short because our lust for guns has remained unchecked. We have seen lives cut short because racism still haunts every corner of this country. We have seen lives cut short, because a culture of violence and hate breeds nothing but more violence and hate.

We ask your forgiveness and your mercy. We ask that you empower us, that as the Belhar Confession says, as the Church we might stand where you stand, Lord: against injustice and with the wronged. We pray that you empower us to witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests. Empower us to work for the day when justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

We ask that you watch over those gathered here, Lord. We ask that you remind us of your presence in our lives. We pray tonight that your comfort and your hope and your guidance might be with all that we have lifted up in prayer to you, those prayers spoken before this community and those prayers that remain deep and secret on our hearts.

Inspire us to serve wherever you might call us. Inspire us to work toward your unity. Inspire us to dream God-sized dreams that surpass what feels like a hopeless moment. For, we know, in you all things are possible, even those things that work beyond our understanding. Amen.