We believe in the God of Sarah and Abraham
who does not let injustice go unchecked,
but who also does not abandon us in our sin.
We believe in the God of Hagar and Ishmael
who sees the outcast, who hears the cry of the oppressed,
and responds with compassion and blessing.
We believe that God is God for oppressor and oppressed alike,
that Her justice rolls down like mighty waters,
even while her mercies are renewed every morning.
We believe God holds us accountable for our sins, individual and communal,
and shows us a way out of the prisons we build around ourselves and others.
God of Hagar, God of Sarah,
See us. Hear us. Liberate us from our own sin,
and from the harm others inflict on us.
I wrote this for a virtual service on June 21, 2020 (7A Proper) centered around themes of oppression, patriarchy, and white supremacy; it explored how our world shapes each of us based on our various identities and what kind of reconciliation is possible between oppressors and the ones who oppress. My sermon text was Genesis 21:8-21. My sermon, “No Good Patriarchs – Solidarity with Hagar” can be read or watched here.