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“And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16 (NRSV)


God, compel us to do what is right no matter the cost, trusting that you accompany us in every situation. Grant us the courage to seek the collective liberation you desire for all of us, knowing that none of us are free, until all of us are free. May we always lead from our hearts, believing from the very ground of our being that the love we share is sourced from you and is everlasting. 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.

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.