Christ is Making All Things New: A Litany for Justice and Hope Sunday

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Justice and hope. Can these two words really go together? We have hope because we are not saving the world, Christ is.

Join churches across Canada in marking Justice and Hope Sunday this February 18. (Find more worship resources on the Resources page of the Centre for Public Dialogue site. 

Litany

(congregation reads the bolded sections)

Leader:
We come to you broken, Lord Jesus.
We come to you, groaning along with creation.
We are pummeled by the headlines, heartsick over the divisions in our communities and neighbourhoods, buffeted by the injustices we see around us.
Your good creation is sick, Lord, and we cry out.

Congregation:
Christ is making all things new.

We confess that the brokenness of our world is our brokenness too.
We confess that too often we turn away.
We confess that too often we resist the convicting work of your Holy Spirit.    
Christ is making all things new.

We see that this country treats some better than it treats others. We see that safe drinking water, quality education, and even a safe walk home are not guaranteed for all citizens of this country.
We mourn the legacy of residential schools. We mourn missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. We mourn broken treaties.
Your good creation is sick, Lord, and we cry out.
Christ is making all things new.

We see the struggles of refugees waiting in a broken system. We see the struggles they face to find affordable housing, English classes, safe communities, welcoming friends in their new country.
We mourn the many who are still in danger, the many who have perished in the desert or in the sea.
Your good creation is sick, Lord, and we cry out.
Christ is making all things new.

We see the (space to include a particular justice concern of your community).
We mourn the (space to include a particular concern of your community).
Your good creation is sick, Lord, and we cry out.
Christ is making all things new.

Reveal your sons and daughters, God! May we answer the groans of creation like midwives, ready to welcome a new world where the lame walk, the blind see, and the captives are set free. Your promises are good! Your promises are sure!
Christ is making all things new. Help us to see You at work in your world. 

People loved by God, fix your eyes on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Christ is making all things new. Call us participate with you in the renewal of all things!

We know that we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. Take heart, God’s people.
Amen

Note: This litany has been developed for Canadian churches but could easily be adapted for other contexts. 

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