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“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”

Psalm 8:3-4 (NSRV)


Today, may we be awe struck by your marvelous works, O God, in each and every human we encounter. So much so, that we are forever transformed by the light, love, and hope present in each being unapologetically created in your image, moving us closer into right relationship with one another, ourselves and you, Creator God. Amen.”

-Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, Senior Pastor of San Lucas United Church of Christ and Executive Director of A Just Harvest, in Chicago, IL.

Thank you for participating in our weekly invitation to prayer. We call on you now to join us in “40 Days of Prayer to Transform: A Journey to Newness.” Beginning December 12 and moving daily through January 20, members of the National Council of Churches and all communion partners will join in praying for hope, unity, and healing. During this Advent/Christmas season and into the New Year we put our hope in the ability and desire of God, through Jesus Christ, to heal and transform hearts and minds. We look for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s newness into individual lives, faith communities, the soul of our nation, indeed, the whole world.