Today’s Passage: John 18:33-37 New International Version (NIV)
Father God, there are times when we may need to speak a word of truth to those in powerful positions. You know that doing so may not always be well received, but yet we feel it is necessary for us to do so, regardless of the possible consequences. I pray that you would give us the wisdom to know if we should speak up or hold our tongue. I pray You will use this online service to inform us and guide us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Jeremy Camp – Same Power (Lyric Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: This week’s message is presented by Carla Pratt Keyes, Pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia. Drawing on the lessons learned in that workshop, the wisdom of civil rights activist Howard Thurman, and the example of Jesus, she helps us think about how we might speak truth to power in our own contexts.
Closing Song: Chris Tomlin – Our God (Live)
Father God, I pray that you would protect us, and others, from harm as we are faithful to speak up when you have called us to do so. May we speak clearly and with the authority that comes only from on high. In the name of Jesus, I pray these things. Amen.