May it be Your will,
our God and God of our ancestors,
God of RuthAn important female biblical character with her own book. The Book of Ruth, read on Shavuot, tells the story of Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and their return to Israel. Ruth’s story is often read as the first story of conversion. Ruth is the grandmother of King David. and Naomi,
God of David and Jonathan,
God of JosephJacob's eldest son by his beloved wife, Rachel. Joseph, the dreamer, was his father's favorite and nearly murdered by his brothers. Sold into slavery, he became viceroy of Egypt where he ultimately saves the Egyptians and also his own family from starvation. His Hebrew name is Yosef/,
God of all our queer ancestors whose names have been erased,
grant that this Pride month bring us joy and celebration,
and bestow upon us a long life:
a life of safety,
a life of healing,
a life of employment and housing,
a life of love and support,
a life of blessing and sharing of gifts,
a life free of shame and reproach,
a life of friendship, partnership, and love in the ways we wish to give and receive it,
a life with dreams of the future.
May the One who delivered our ancestors from oppression to freedom, redeem us and all marginalized peoples.
May the Holy One instill in us the wisdom to know our liberations are entwined together.
May the One who creates liberation on high,
bring liberation to us,
to all oppressed communities,
and to the entire world,
V’nomar, and we say,