Daily Prayers for June 19

In 1865, slaves in Texas were the last to learn of their emancipation following the defeat of the Confederate States of America. In African-American communities throughout the United States, this good news of liberation to the captives is still celebrated as Juneteenth.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”

How beautiful are the feet : of those who bring good news.

Psalm 97:1 3, 10 12

The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice : let the multitude of the isles be glad.

Clouds and darkness are round about him : righteous-ness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

A fire goes before him : and burns up his enemies on every side.

The Lord loves those who hate evil : he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Light has sprung up for the righteous : and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous : and give thanks to his holy name.

How beautiful are the feet : of those who bring good news.

Ruth 1:19 – 2:13 Acts 9:19b – 31

How beautiful are the feet : of those who bring good news.

When an angry heckler once declared, “Old woman, I don’t care any more for your talk than I do for the bite of a flea,” abolitionist Sojourner Truth replied, “The Lord willing, I’ll keep you scratching.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, wherever there is mercy, justice, freedom, and kindness, we know your good news is echoing in human history. Give us ears to recognize the sound of glad feet coming and grant us grace to join you wherever you are moving. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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