Thirsty Voices (John 4:5-42)

Amistad Sunday

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

On this Amistad Sunday, we remember those who thirsted for justice aboard the slave ship Amistad.  We remember how women, children and men were stolen from their homes, were loaded like cargo onto a ship, were mocked and tortured.  We remember the horrors of that terrible voyage and we say never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

We remember how those imprisoned aboard the Amistad were strangers to each other, and did not even speak the same language, yet still worked together to plan and execute an escape.  We remember how the prisoners took control of the ship.  We remember how the ship Amistad was then captured a second time, and how those children of God ere imprisoned once again, this time on American soil.  We remember the indignity of imprisonment and we say never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

We remember how a legal battle then began, to send those imprisoned on the Amistad home to the African soil from which they had been stolen.  We remember those, many of them our ancestors in faith, who worked for justice both from within and outside of prison bars.  We remember those who have fought for freedom from unjust confinement and we say never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry.

We remember and give thanks for these, our ancestors in faith who fought from freedom from sea and land.  We celebrate their courage and we honor their dedication.  We join them here and now as we say with one voice that never again will the cry for justice go unanswered.

Your people are thirsty for justice, Holy God.  Hear our cry, now and forever.  Amen.

Find our more about the Amistad case of 1839 at the National ARchives:  https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/amistad

 

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