A prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance:
God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people as we mourn the loss of the dead on this Transgender Day of Remembrance.
God who wept, weep with us as we remember the hatred, violence, and fear that killed your holy children whom we remember today. Weep with us for those whom we lost to gun shots and beatings. Weep for us for those lost in acts of violence between strangers, and those lost to child abuse, partner abuse, killed by people who were close or killed by people who had power over them. Weep with us also for those we lost to suicide and self-hatred. Weep for us, and then remind us that nothing, not even death, can separate us from your love.
Give us the courage to challenge oppression. Give us the light to examine ourselves, our comfort, our privilege and fear. Move us to let go of the ways we confuse human gender stereotypes with your law for us. Move us to new relationships with the people around us, and towards a world where transpeople are valued, employed, loved, housed, and honored. Holy Spirit, breathe new life into your churches so that all people may be recognized, honored, and celebrated as your beloved children, created in your divine image.
(From Metropolitan Community Church of Louisville’s 2014 TDOR service)
We invite all to a service of remembrance in Caldwell Chapel on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary this Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.