Weekly Prayers

Pray for Guatemala on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

Prayers for Guatemala:

guatemala---1.jpgJesus, you heard your Father in the voice of a woman whom your countrymen despised; help us to hear your voice today in the words of those considered not worthy to eat at the table; move us to share the hope of a humane world. That in the voice of the excluded, we will feel called to share our food and our hope with those who long for salvation.

Pray with your fellow Guatemalans of the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala.

Vitalino Similox, Secretary General, calls for a halt to the destruction of the human dignity of indigenous peoples; racism and discrimination. Indigenous people should be given the recognition of their right to self-determination.

Misael Méndez, Youth Pastoral Coordinator, implores that gangs stop involving young people in bloody violence; for an end to deaths from malnutrition and curable diseases cease; and to see an increase in opportunities for employment, education and a dignified life.

Nora Coloma of the pastoral of women, prays for an end to the sexism that violates women: patriarchy and authoritarianism, feminicide, street harassment, exclusion of women in decision-making spaces.

Let us hear your voice, purify us, O God, from the pollution that enslaves us; touch our hearts; let us listen, as you did to the Syrophoenician, in the voice of those who yearn for salvation.

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Pray for Ecuador on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 14:22-33

Prayers for Ecuador:

Lord, tell us to come and meet you on the water, call us to unfamiliar places. Challenge us not only to believe deeply, but to act on those beliefs. Help us to see fully that you are God.

Give us faith like Peter, to go and meet you in the communities of Ecuador; to Pijal where hard working families and their children are rejoicing in new opportunities, to Sua where your people are still recovering from floods and earthquakes, to Romerillos where gifts are growing through microcredit programs. 

Give us faith like Peter, faith like our partner FEDICE, to step out of our comfortable and safe spaces, and go where you call us, and we will meet you there.

Amen

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Pray for Japan on Sunday, August 6, 2017

japan_2017_martha_mensendiek_02.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 14:13-21

Prayers for Japan:

Compassionate God,
On this Hiroshima Day, we pray for peace.
We pause to remember the devastation caused by the atomic bombs 72 years ago and the human suffering that continues to this day.
We also remember the horrific nuclear disaster in Fukushima 6 years ago. Be with the people of Fukushima and neighboring areas who still suffer.
We pray for a world that is free from the suffering caused by nuclear weapons and nuclear disasters.
Give our leaders the wisdom and the leadership that is needed for true peace in this world.
As Jesus had compassion for those who were hungry and sick, let us too have compassion. Let us also share what we have so that all are able to eat and be filled. Let us believe that with faith in God, we too can make possible what seems impossible!
Help us God so that we are not complacent with systems that leave people to suffer. Help us give voice to the injustices that exist and help bring about the peaceful world you meant for us.

Be with us and guide us,
Amen

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Pray for Fiji on Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fiji_2017_Niko_Tapaeko_03.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52

Prayers for Fiji:

Move our feet to newer grounds, drop our anchors in new waters, and bring us to new businesses every day, Lord. May our hands find every existence of injustice and overturn them to release the treasures and pearls so often oppressed by the privileged few. May your Kingdom come, and surround every act of mission we employ. In Christ Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Pray for South Africa on Sunday, July 23, 2017

Saf_2013.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43

Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious and loving God, our world is horribly broken and wounded. Due to systemic sin that manifests itself in racism, sexism and homophobia, even "saints" are inevitably and often unknowingly "sinners." None of us are without sin, especially as it regards the destruction of your Creation. Yet, your ministry teaches us that all are loved by God and can be reconciled to God. Inspire us not to judge and condemn others to be irredeemable. Equip us not to behave hypocritically. Enable our humility to encourage others to confess their sin and to repent as we have. Remind us through your reconciling presence that you have come to save the lost sinner and not necessarily the self-righteous saint. Empower us to be agents of reconciliation, not division, by recognizing the division within ourselves. Equip us to be conduits of your mercy and forgiveness by offering the gift of salvation to all people and to your Creation. In Christ’s name, we pray.  Amen.

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Pray for Mexico on Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017_Mexico_Handy_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Prayers for Mexico:

Creator God, if we are the sowers of seeds, you are surely the preparer of soil. Today we ask for awareness of your continued work and presence with us. We can sow seeds, but help us know when and where. We can sow seeds, but help us to remember the tending is also important. We ask that you work in the diplomatic processes between Mexico and the USA. We ask for those who would help tend to the daily needs* of Las Memorias. Through our life-giving connection with you may we all play our part in the whole sowing, growing, harvesting, sowing process. Amen

2017_Mexico_Handy_02.jpeg*Regularly occurring needs. A more complete list is available with approximate costs.

  • Daily needs, Soap for clothes, and cleaning. Toilet paper, personal hygiene products.
  • Building construction and maintenance supplies
  • Gas: for cars and for cooking,
  • Much Gratitude for: Solar project expansion, Clean water for a year. Thank you!

 

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Pray for Philippines on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Philippines_Eleazar_Fernandez_UTS_Students_Summer_Immersion.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Prayers for the Philippines:

Our troubles and tears are overflowing. Compounding the so-called “acts of God” that destroy lives and properties are acts of humanity that are appallingly destructive. The most recent fighting in Marawi City (Mindanao) that resulted in lives lost and properties destroyed as well as a groundswell of internal refugees is one of the symptoms of our deep social malady. Happening almost at the same time was the violence that killed many at Resort World Manila. This is happening against the background of the “war on drugs” that has destroyed many lives.

When will know we know the way of peace? When will we choose the way of life against the way of death? When will we know the way of healing and liberation? Is there any hope?

We come to you, o God, because we believe that you can help us find our way to healing.

We come to you, o God, because we believe that you are the wellspring of our hope. Let your Spirit come and dwell among us that we may acquire active hope: hope that says “no” to death and says “yes” to life and a hope that takes courage to live differently while we have life. And, when the enormity of the situation seems to overwhelm us, help us to realize that we are not called to do everything but to do something, which is to sew our piece into the larger quilt of our planetary concerns.

This is our prayer. Amen.

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Pray for Nicaragua on Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nicaragua_2017_Jeanette_Salley_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40-42

Prayers for Nicaragua:

Oh Lord our God how excellent is your name in all the earth. You are the first and the last and everything in between. When we see the sun, the moon and the stars, we see YOU. When we feel the cool breeze on a hot day, we see YOU. When we exhale the challenges and frustrations in our lives and inhale your love, grace and mercy, we see YOU. When we see our sisters, our brothers and our children suffering from lack of food, Nicaragua_2017_Jeanette_Salley_02.jpgshelter and clothing, we hear YOU. When we see peace, we know it’s YOU.

Therefore, Dear Lord help us to be and to continue to be in Your image. The image of love, passion, fellowship, righteousness and justice. As we, the Central Moravian Church of Managua, do the work you would have us to do, and as we share Your image with others, let your Holy Spirit keep the fire under our feet and in our spirit. When we become overwhelmed with the challenges of a volatile and unjust society, remind us to take a moment to drink from your cup of life. Because we see YOU and hear YOU, we joyfully say, Oh Lord our God how excellent is your name in all the earth! Amen.

 

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Pray for Sri Lanka on Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sri_Lanka_2017_Lindley_Kinerk_07.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 10:24-39

Prayers for Sri Lanka:

God of all, we give thanks to be in Sri Lanka with people whose origins are deep in the past, and we are grateful for what their past teaches us all.
 
We cherish our shared story of education, healthcare, faith and friendship.  We give thanks that we work with the Church of the American Ceylon Mission (CACM) to continue our shared story. Today the UCC Sri_Lanka_2017_Lindley_Kinerk_03.jpegcelebrates its 60th birthday – and the CACM is celebrating the 200th year since the American Ceylon Mission began! With joy we celebrate the ways our churches change and work to meet the needs of a challenging future.
 
We pray for what is needed and what is being done to help Tamil people recover from the war that followed years of discrimination against them. With faith in you, O God, the CACM works to reclaim homes and Sri_Lanka_2017_Lindley_Kinerk_04.jpegbusinesses and to prepare tomorrow’s adults for progress and success.
 
As the world grows smaller and more crowded, we pray for meaningful connections. We need your guidance, O Holy One, and the strength and creativity to adapt to a changing world. Help us to judge well what is important for our future and what to leave in history as lessons.
 
We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen

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Pray for Lebanon on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lebanon_2017_Bethany_Waggoner_03.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 (9-23)

Prayers for Lebanon:

Christ has no body but yours….
Bind us together, O God of grace and mercy, as the one body of Christ. Heal the fissures and wounds which keep us apart.

No hands, no feet on earth but yours...
Lebanon_2017_Bethany_Waggoner_01.jpegLet us head the lesson offered to your disciples — to give freely of ourselves as we have freely received from you, despite the many dangers, challenges and uncertainties which lie ahead.  

Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world...
Show us ourselves in “the other”. Reveal to us your face in that of our adversaries.

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good...
Help us stay true to the path of peace and reconciliation.

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world...
Let us be builders and sustainers for the common good, not merely for ourselves and our own people.

For we are your body now on Earth.

Ours are the hands. Ours are the feet.
Ours are the eyes. We are your body.

Adapted from “Christ Has No Body” by St. Teresa de Àvila

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