Trinity City Church in Saint Paul Adapts a Lament For Those Who Can’t Breath

Bryan Lair who leads The Trinity City Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota published an adapted prayer called “For Those Who Can’t Breath.”  This is a stand alone post preserving how an EFCA/Acts 29 church is reacting to the George Floyd’s death. 

“In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do.

Roy Harper

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!
2 Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!

Psalm 102:1-2 ESV

The Rodney King beating that sparked the Los Angeles riots in 1992. 

This blog will be shortly publishing a couple of posts that look at the how the EFCA in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area responded to the the riots spurred by the death of George Floyd. Bryan Lair who leads Trinity City Church in Saint Paul published a lament to George Floyd’s death. It is an adaptation from a prayer by Rev. Prince Rivers. You can also listen to this podcast that features this prayer. Instead of putting this in the massive post I am working on I wanted this to stand alone.

Below, I’ve adapting a prayer by Rev. Prince Rivers, A Prayer of Lament for Those Who Cannot Breath (2016). I said this prayer in the Trinity Daily Podcast for May 29.

Holy God, a cloud of grief hangs heavy over our city. The injustice of racism continues to press down and take away the breath of life from those who bear your image. Please give us the strength to pray as we raise our hands to the heavens and we lift our eyes to the hills, which is where our help comes from.

Lord, the names of people who have been choked, shot, and assaulted are too many to count. So many people of color have been taken away by evil and injustice. Father, how long must we listen to the cries and screams as blood stains our streets? How many videos must we watch before we begin to see a change?

Help me, God. Help us. Help the people of Minneapolis. Help Saint Paul. Help our nation. Help us examine ourselves. Help us to never forget that George Floyd, Philando Castile, and Jamar Clark should still be here. We do not pray for vengeance, but we do thirst for justice. We hope for healing between neighbors and officers called to protect and serve. We long for the day when young men will live long enough to be old men and parents will not have to say ‘good-bye’ too soon.

Our hope is in you, God. Deliver us from all our fears. O God, come quickly to help us. O Lord, come quickly to save us. In the name of Jesus Christ, who came that we might have life and have life more abundantly.