Daily Prayers for February 4

Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913. When she was forty-two, Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white passenger, which at the time, the law required of African-Americans. She was arrested for her act of civil disobedience and worked with others from the NAACP to start the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The resulting integration of city buses in Montgomery ignited the civil rights movement in the United States and inspired nonviolent movements for social change around the world.

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 “Freedom Train”

O Lord, give freedom to your -people : and answer us when we call.

Psalm 20:5 8

We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the name of our God : may the Lord grant all your requests.

Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed : he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.

Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses : but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God.

They collapse and fall down: but we will arise and stand upright.

O Lord, give freedom to your -people : and answer us when we call.

Genesis 24:50 – 67 John 13:31 – 38

O Lord, give freedom to your -people : and answer us when we call.

Rosa Parks commented, -“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, we have only to look at your life to know that reconciliation always costs something. Whether we are old or young, strong or weary, rich or poor, supply us with the conviction that reconciliation is always worth the price. 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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