Remembering George Floyd, Candle of Justice — Churches Together in Britain & Ireland

To mark the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder…

You are a God of justice –
may we share your passion for justice,
which can be seen throughout the Bible.
By the power of your Holy Spirit
enable us to stand up for justice
and stand against intolerance.

Thank you that you love each person,
made in the image of God.
Change our hearts to see others as you do.
Allow our hearts to break over the sin of racism,
and our lament to turn into righteous action.

Written by the Director of Inclusion for Churches Together in Britain & Ireland, Richard Reddie, and the Principal Officer for Pentecostal, Charismatic and Multi-cultural Relations for Churches Together in England, Shermara Fletcher.

From the Churches Together in England website:

‘The #CandleOfJustice will be a moment to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking personal and institutional action to tackle racial injustice in our society and our churches.

“Marking a year since George Floyd’s tragic murder, the #CandleOfJustice initiative provides a timely moment for us to come together in prayer and reflection, with a determination to each do all we can to stand for racial justice,” says Rev Dr Lurliene Miller, co-chair of the Churches Together in England (CTE) Racial Justice Working Group and vice-chair of CTE’s Trustees.

“The unity of God’s church is powerful, and we’re so encouraged to see churches committing to working together to tackle racial injustice. I’d encourage Christians and churches up and down the country to get involved, lighting their candle and praying the #CandleOfJustice prayer at noon on Tuesday 25 May.”

‘Reflecting on this anniversary, Bishop Mike Royal, a member of CTE’s Racial Justice Working Group and the CTE Pentecostal and Charismatic Forum says: “The anniversary of the death of George Floyd is a moment to lament. It is also a moment for the church to reflect on how far we have come and how far we need go in the journey towards racial justice, both here in the UK and around the globe.”’