In February, Canadians are invited to honour the legacy and contributions of Black Canadians, past and present. Black History Month is also a time to commit to ending racism in imagination, speech and action. Each week in February, the PCC will share a prayer for Black History Month for use in worship, Bible study or personal reflection.

Prayer

By the Rev. Sampson Afoakwah, Montreal West Presbyterian Church.

Gracious and Loving God,

We give you thanks for the gift of life and for the joy that comes when we gather in this safe place to worship you in spirit and in truth.

Comforting Spirit, in you we find love, healing, peace, freedom and justice.

As we celebrate Black History Month, we remember the many struggles of Black people, and people of African descent, and we lift them up before your throne of grace. We are thankful for those leaders who advocated for peace and justice and those who continue to preach your gospel of grace and love. Remind us that we are all created in your beautiful and glorious image; and that your unconditional love and sufficient grace break all boundaries.

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” And yet too often we dwell on differences and forget what it means to be one in you. O Lord, help your people to be mindful of our unity and to work for harmony in you. We pray for the Spirit of love and unity to rule our lives.

Merciful God, show us how to love and how to give ourselves to the hopeless, and to those crying for justice and mercy. Make us channels of your peace and make us peaceful people. Inspire us to work more faithfully for justice and dignity of life everywhere so that the world will know that we are Christians by our love.

We are grateful that you hear us when we call on you and that you attend to your people. We offer our prayer in the name of your beloved son Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Read another prayer for Black History Month here.