Were You There? Liturgy After Charleston

At The Table we use Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals as the structure for our service.

The readings, song, and litany could not have been better for a day in which the church must lead its people, not only in mourning, but in confessing the racism that continues to infect us.

For today, June 21, here is what we have:

In 1964, civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered as they participated in the Freedom Summer campaign to register black voters in Mississippi.

The song for today is “Were You There?”

Editorial comment from jrdk: Think about “the Lord” as not only the man who died on Golgotha, but the Christ whose body extends throughout the earth, the one who says to Saul, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” The Lord was crucified in Charleston this week.

The recurring refrain in the liturgy is this: “Have Mercy, Lord, have mercy: the violent are raging against us.”


“Have Mercy, Lord, have mercy: the violent are raging against us.”

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