Transgender Day of Remembrance

In God’s Image — Karen Campbell, UK

I am a child of God – As you are. In my face is reflected the likeness of God – As in yours. Why then do you despise the colour of my skin, The shape of my features, Or the texture of my hair? Why do you think that I must think Like you, Act […]

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Kairos! — Karen Campbell, UK

God, in whose likeness all are made, teach us to see each other as you see us – each individual, nation and people – beautiful. Beloved. Valued beyond measure. Enable us to see as you see. God, who is love, teach us to love each other as you love us – from the very heart […]

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Prayer for Trans Visibility Day — Cara Heafey, UK

31 March Transgender Day of Visibility Creator-God, mother and father of us all, you delight in all that you have made. We rejoice in the glorious diversity of your creation. You have room to hold us all inside your love. Rebel Christ, at home on the margins, you rejected the names and labels others imposed […]

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God, the Soaring Eagle, song — Amanda Udis-Kessler, USA

  Ready-to-print music: God, The Soaring Eagle, music God, the soaring eagle, God, the mother hen, Architect and potter, shelter, shield and sun, Comforting the people others have condemned: You of many names, you nameless one: All our words of praise have just begun. God the gentle shepherd, God the mighty king, Crying out in […]

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31 March, Trans Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) takes place on 31 March each year to celebrate trans and non-binary people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. ‘The day was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of days celebrating transgender people, citing the […]

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Rainbow Children, prayer – Warren Hartley, UK

Eternal One. You are the God in whom we live and move and have our being. We give you thanks for the diversity of life inherent in your creation and within each and every last one us, wonderfully made in your image. Today we particularly give you thanks for your Rainbow Children, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, […]

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Psalm 139 Call to Worship — Mark Manterfield

A responsive reading originally written for a gathering of welcoming LGBTQ+ Christians. Psalm 139 arises in the Common Revised Lectionary on Epiphany 2B; Pentecost 7A, 2B and 13C. Ready-to-download Word document and rainbow PowerPoint to project in worship: Psalm 139 – Responsive Acclamation, Ana Gobledale Psalm 139 Responsive Acclamations PPT – Ana Gobledale I praise […]

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Rainbow of God’s design — Wellingtone Bawalya, Zambia

Inspired by 1 Corinthians 4:3-6 (Eighth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A) This prayer arises from a homily given at Morning Chapel, United Church of Zambia University.  Wellingtone’s words have been adapted as a prayer by Ana Gobledale. My parents, sisters and brothers in Christ, join me in prayer. Creator God, how wonderful it is that […]

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We were wrong, a confession — Lauren Mallaby, Australia

We were wrong: We were wrong when we closed the door and you needed us most. The people who claimed to follow a man who never closed doors appeared to slam ours when you were despairing confused hurt hopeless broken hungry thirsty for more. We were wrong when we pretended we couldn’t see didn’t know […]

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We Will Remember Them (for TDOR) — Kayleigh Whitehurst, UK

Originally written for and shared in a Transgender Remembrance Service in Salisbury, UK We Will Remember Them Falling into the depths of negativity once more, The dreaded bleakness of a mind overcome with grief. The time, it seems, was taken much too quickly, By some great faceless nameless thief. Their path was short, their footsteps […]

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Beautiful Diversity, responsive reading — Ben Saunders, USA

Call and Response One: Humans of God’s creation, we are diverse. Many: We are beautiful. We are unique. We judge each other’s differences, yet our diversity is an illustration of the infinite mystery of God. All: The God in me sees the God in you. One: Humans of God’s creation, we are political. Many: We […]

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Psalm 139 retold — Cara Heafey, Oxford UK

I made you myself, carefully and lovingly. I gathered your molecules together, Scooping them out of them out of the dust, warming them into clay. I formed you, deftly With the skill and vision of an artist Into a unique creation. A tiny masterpiece. Your contours bear the imprint of my fingers. Your imperfections and […]

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John 1:5, Come, shine in the darkness — Cara Heafey, UK

God, you are not distant from us You came to us in vulnerability You offered yourself as a gift of love. We pray today for those who are in the midst of darkness The darkness of poverty The darkness of loneliness The darkness of grief The darkness of despair Wherever shadows threaten to overwhelm Wherever […]

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