Detail of prayers written at the Chains Human Trafficking Awareness Event at Community UMC in DeBary. Photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
In recent worship services at Community United Methodist Church, we highlighted the growing problem of modern slavery, also known as human trafficking. The following prayer was written by Nicole Sallee especially for these services. It is printed here with her permission. Following the services, persons were invited to walk through an interactive experience entitled Chains, where they could learn more information, pray, and join efforts to end human trafficking.
Nicole is the director of worship arts for our congregation and the founder of The Community Freedom Project. Their purpose is to bring awareness to the epidemic of human trafficking and healing to the survivors. Their ultimate goal is a restoration home for Central Florida slavery survivors. For more information on The Community Freedom Project, click here or here.
This prayer followed the song Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan
(Hillsong Music Publishing 2010, CCLI #5677399)
Prayer: O Lord, Awaken us by Nicole Sallee
Awaken us to your presence here
Awaken us to your Spirit in our lives
Awaken us to the passion you’ve burned inside of us to be your church
Open our eyes to see the needs of others
Open our ears to hear their cries
Open our mouths to speak up and stand against injustice
We offer our hands to heal their wounds
We offer our feet to rush to their side
We offer our voice to sing peace
We offer our mind to learn your truth
We offer our gifts in support of your vision
For you are the God of the nations
And every person created is your child
We want to be your hands and feet
We want to reach out and hold the broken
So shake these walls
Rattle this steeple
Give us the strength to be bold
Grant us these things according to your will
In the name of Jesus
Who set the example
Who make it possible
Who taught us to pray…
conclude with the Lord’s Prayer
O Lord, Awaken Us © 2013 Nicole Sallee
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