Racial injustice divides the children of God, and COVID-19 disrupts all lives, especially the vulnerable. Knox laments these lost lives and livelihoods and stands in solidarity with the suffering.
You are invited to participate in an interactive art installation that has been erected at Knox’s Observatory Avenue entrance. By attaching a prayer ribbon to the installation, you are making a commitment to participate in the hard work ahead toward justice for the oppressed here in our city, our state and our country. This is a great teaching opportunity for children! Scroll down to view a video by Tina Hubert, Knox's Director of Faith Formation, that has a special message for kids.
RIBBONS: Consider recycling old sheets or clothing and tearing into strips. Two-foot long ribbons wide enough to write on work well. (Squares 12” x 12” may also be used). Ribbon strips and sharpies will be available at Knox Church near installation.
PENS: Thin to medium permanent markers or basic ballpoint are recommended.
SHARING YOUR MESSAGE: Contemplative Prayer for the Creation of Prayer Ribbons: God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in them. (I John 4:16). Loving Creator fill and inspire me as I gather my materials. I come bringing all that I am today – all my strength, all my hurt, my grief, all of my hope, for myself and for the world you love so much. As I create this physical expression of it all, I ask that you dwell in every breath, every movement, every color, every word.
Contemplative Installation of Prayer Ribbons: I sing of your love and justice. I will be faithful in my pursuit of you. I will not look upon any injustice without acting (Psalm 101) I pause to remember that Abiding Love inspires, fills, surrounds, and enlivens me and all who are praying and hoping and doing good works. This is holy ground. As I tie my ribbon or other artwork to the prayer tree, I pray my chosen word or words as a breath prayer. Pause for a moment, head bowed, eyes closed; listen and rest in God’s Life-Giving, Justice-seeking, Peacemaking presence.
AT THE EVENT’S CONCLUSION
When the Prayer Tree installation is dismantled, and the ribbons and other artwork will be placed on the steps of the Observatory Avenue entrance to the Sanctuary and made available until sunset. You are invited to take a ribbon created by another person to keep and use to pray for the person who created it and their message in the coming days.
“We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King
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