Worship Resources for National Weekend of Prayer

National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry

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Worship Resources

Responsive Reading

Please feel free to adapt for your context.

We believe that humans are created in and for relationship and that sexuality is a life-giving and life-fulfilling gift.

We believe that all persons have the right to enjoy relationships that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent, and pleasure.

Marriage is a holy covenant and a commitment to another person to share life’s joys and sorrows.

All families must be supported in building stable, empowering, and respectful relationships.

Our commitment to justice challenges us to speak and act for all who seek to express their love in the commitment of marriage.

Today, we call on the Supreme Court of the United States to put an end to marriage discrimination.

May the wisdom of the justices, the skill of the attorneys and the integrity of the plaintiffs prevail for the freedom to marry.

May true relational justice be served and human rights safeguarded for all. 

All: Where there is love, the sacred is in our midst.

Jewish Prayer

Appropriate for a Jewish congregation. Please feel free to adapt for your context.

Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the Universe. From the beginning of time, you call us into relationship with you and with one another. Today, we pray for the justices of the Supreme Court, who will hear arguments for the freedom to marry on Tuesday. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern what is right. Give the attorneys skill in their arguments, that they may inspire justice. Give the plaintiffs courage, strength, and perseverance. Bless us as we seek to live in a world where all couples who wish may enjoy the benefits of marriage. Amen.

Unitarian Universalist Prayer

Appropriate for a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Please feel free to adapt for your context.

Spirit of Life, we know you by many names or by no name at all. We give thanks for the gift of human relationships. Today, we pray for the justices of the Supreme Court, who will hear arguments for the freedom to marry on Tuesday. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern what is right. Give the attorneys skill in their arguments, that they may inspire justice. Give the plaintiffs courage, strength, and perseverance. Bless us all as we seek to live in a world where all couples who wish may enjoy the benefits of marriage. Amen.

Christian Prayer

Appropriate for a Christian congregation. Please feel free to adapt for your context.

Loving God, from the beginning of time you call us into relationship with you and with one another. Today, we pray for the justices of the Supreme Court, who will hear arguments for the freedom to marry on Tuesday. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern what is right. Give the attorneys skill in their arguments, that they may inspire justice. Give the plaintiffs courage, strength, and perseverance. Bless us all as we seek to live in a world where all couples who wish may enjoy the benefits of marriage. Amen.

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