By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

“Prayer is the natural habitat and function of the soul as well as its natural desire.” 
—Phyllis Tickle, 1934–2015

Whether or not we can gather physically in the sanctuary, God knits us together in community and our cries to God ascend. In the midst of a national moment of awakening, when the cries for racial justice are being heard anew, we know that the spoken and unspoken prayers of the people are ascending to the ears of God. Prayers are innate. Prayers rise up from within us. Prayers connect us to the most intimate desires of our heart: for freedom, for peace, for justice, for breath, for health, for divine love. There is an urgency to prayer, an ingrown, unpracticed, deep-rooted intensity to the prayers of the nation today. 

Let us pray:

May the simplicity of the prayer below be a gift.

My heart I give you, Lord, 
eagerly and entirely. 
Amen.
—John Calvin, 1509–1564

Click through to hear Bill Evertsberg’s urgent address from Monday to the congregation in light of national protests, to see a prayer vigil at Kenilworth Union Church from Tuesday night, and to watch tonight at 7:30 p.m. A Service of Witness and Commitment where Clergy throughout Wilmette and Kenilworth from differing faith traditions will join with song, prayers, read ancient words from our shared texts, recite poetry, and reflect on our collective call to serve God.