The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Prayer of the Day: From the Depths of Despair

God of mercy, preserve us from the depths of despair and grant us the courage to always return to you. We praise you for your profound love that is ever mindful to seek out all who are lost, alone, directionless, and need help. We ask you to send us your Spirit to help us share your love as we praise you for allowing us to take part in bringing delight and joy into the hearts of those who recieve it. Amen.
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Voice of the Day: Mary McLeod Bethune

"If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander." - Mary McLeod Bethune Mary McLeod Bethune + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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Verse of the Day: Matthew 5:44-46

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? - Matthew 5:44-46 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Prayer of the Day: Peace in You

God our refuge, may we always find our peace in you in the midst of our often chaotic lives. Grant us the faith to make you the center of our lives, protecting us from the ravaging stormsof stress and worry. Amen.
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Voice of the Day: José Celso Barbosa

"I am proud of being a Negro. Nor have I ever tried to beg tolerance from anyone. Superiority is not proved by color, but by the brain, by education, by willpower, by moral courage." - José Celso Barbosa José Celso Barbosa + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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Verse of the Day: Exodus 3:7-9

Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. - Exodus 3:7-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Prayer of the Day: Empower Us By Your Spirit

God of justice, give us the wisdom to recognize the gifts of those around us and to encourage them to use these gifts in a way that proclaims your kingdom. Empower us by your Spirit to stand up for your goodness and truth, trusting in your sovereignty to prevail over persecution and oppression in our world today. Amen.
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Voice of the Day: Marian Anderson

"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise." - Marian Anderson Marian Anderson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 3:10-11

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Prayer of the Day: A Harvest Someday

Lord God, extend our faith so that even when we fail to see the fruit of our planted seeds, we may have the assurance that every inch of soil overturned will lead to a harvest someday. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
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