Juli Prentice (she/her) FAN Intern, Candidate In-Care for Ordination in the Northern Lights Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Giver of life – Oh beating heart of the universe which binds all of our human and more than human world to together in a common fate,

We know that your eyes are on the most vulnerable in our midst and your ears are open to their cries.

We gather today as advocates for justice, for peace, well-being, and wholeness: to work on behalf of those most adversely affected by greed, selfishness, and shortsightedness.

We gather out of love for our neighbors and our desire to see all whom you love flourish.

As you have done with prophets throughout the ages – empower us with divine love and courage to go through the halls of power, and call on our elected leaders to act with justice and righteousness. Deliver from the hand of greed and oppression those who have been robbed of the opportunity to flourish.

Do not quench, but intensify our hunger for justice and righteousness and fuel our hope as we embark on a new year of advocacy. May the very best of our faith traditions nourish us as we work together toward the day when justice rolls on like a river, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

We pray all this in service to the highest good of all with whom share our common home. And we pray this in the many names of the Holy one who calls us into this work and is near to us, always.