Prayers – Gilead Sabbath

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Prayer can be a source of solidarity, a response to injustice, and a space for transformation. We encourage you to incorporate these prayers into your Gilead Sabbath worship service. Feel free to modify them as best suits your community and context.

General Prayer

We give thanks for the sacredness of humanity. We affirm our call to witness and respond to human suffering and brokenness. Where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are persecuted or discriminated against, we must not keep silent. We lament the injustices faced by LGBTQ people in our communities and across the globe. Rooted in awareness, we pray for healing. Anchored in humility, we work for peace and justice. Guided by love, we hope for a world where all people are celebrated and loved, where their rights are secured, and where their sexual and gender diversity is valued.

Prayer for the International Transgender Day of Remembrance

We give thanks for the sacredness of humanity. We affirm our call to witness and respond to human suffering and brokenness. Where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are persecuted or discriminated against, we must not keep silent. As we observe a Gilead Sabbath on the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we lament the injustices faced by transgender people in our communities and across the globe. We honor the memory of all those lives lost this year through acts of anti-transgender violence. Anchored in humility, we work for peace and justice. Guided by love, we hope for a world where all people are celebrated and loved, where their rights are secured, and where their sexual and gender diversity is valued.

Prayer for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

We give thanks for the sacredness of humanity. We affirm our call to witness and respond to human suffering and brokenness. Where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are persecuted or discriminated against, we must not keep silent. In observation of a Gilead Sabbath on the weekend of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we lament the injustices faced by LGBTQ people in our communities and across the globe. Rooted in awareness, we pray for healing. Anchored in humility, we work for peace and justice. Guided by love, we hope for a world where all people are celebrated and loved, where their rights are secured, and where their sexual and gender diversity is valued.

Pastoral Prayer/Litany/Prayers of the People

We lift up the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the United States and across the globe. We give thanks for the diversity of their sexual gifts.

We acknowledge the realities of their daily lives. Their lives involve bold commitments to love, surprising sources of hope, and the joys of kindred community.

Yet, they also at times face rejection from their communities, violence based on their sexual or gender identities, as well as discrimination and persecution from their governments.

We affirm their wholeness, dignity, and worth. At the same time, we lament the pain, violence, and injustice they experience.

As people of faith, we answer their calls for support. We vow to break our silence and to use religion as source of justice and love.

We commit ourselves to humbly work alongside LGBTQ people at home and abroad to secure human rights and global sexual and gender justice.

May we one day live in a world where all people are celebrated and loved, where their rights are secured, and where their sexual and gender diversity is valued.

Hebrew Prayers for Jewish Congregations

Hashkivenu

הַשְׁכִּיבֵנוּ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְהַעֲמִידֵנוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ לְחַיִּים. וּפְרוֹשׂ עָלֵינוּ
סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ וְתַקְּנֵנוּ בְּעֵצָה טוֹבָה מִלְּפָנֶיךָ וְהוֹשִׁיעֵנוּ לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ
וְהָגֵן בַּעֲדֵנוּ. וְהָסֵר מֵעָלֵינוּ אוֹיֵב דֶּבֶר וְחֶרֶב וְרָעָב וְיָגוֹן וְהָסֵר שָׂטָן
מִלְּפָנֵינוּ וּמֵאַחֲרֵינוּ וּבְצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ תַּסְתִּירֵנוּ כִּי אֵל שׁוֹמְרֵנוּ וּלְשָׁלוֹם
מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ הַפּוֹרֵשׂ סֻכַּת שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל עַמּוֹ
יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל יְרוּשָׁלָיִם.

 Grant that we may lie down in peace, Eternal G-d, and awaken us to life. Shelter us with Your tent of peace and guide us with Your good counsel. Shield us from hatred, plague and destruction. Keep us from warm famine and anguish. Help us to deny our inclination to evil. G-d of peace, may we always feel protected because You are our Guardian and Helper. Give us refuge in the shadow of Your wings. Guard our going forth and our coming in and bless us with life and peace. Blessed are You, Eternal G-d, whose shelter of peace is spread over us, over all Your people Israel, and over Jerusalem

Birkat Kohanim

יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

May G-d bless you and guard you.
May G-d make G-d’s face shine upon you and grant grace to you.
May G-d lift up G-d’s face to you and give you peace

These are only two of the many Hebrew prayers that could be included in observation of a Gilead Sabbath. Many of the psalms as well as Birkat Shalom, Oseh Shalom, or even the Mourner’s Kaddish could be incorporated into a Gilead service . Click here to find additional Jewish prayers about sexual orientation and gender identity collected by American Jewish World Service.

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