Weekly Prayers

Pray for Egypt on Sunday, January 22, 2017

CEOSS_Pic_1.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 4:12-23

Prayers for Egypt:

Loving and Peaceful God!

We thank you today for those who heard your call to join Jesus in his mission and answered willingly. Will you continue to bless those, who like Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John, continue to serve in your mission? May this blessing extend to those who saw suffering in their communities around the globe and through you decided to bring relief to those who suffered.

We ask you to guide us to become a part of your mission for this world. Help us to hear how we might be called to serve others, and CEOSS_Pic_2.jpeglead our hands to answer Jesus’ call.

In your son’s name we pray,
Amen

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Pray for India on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lectionary Selection: John 1: 29-42

india_2016_sarah_williams_Mungeli_05.jpegPrayers for India:

God of love, thank you for your presence in our lives. You know we are not perfect yet endlessly you grant us grace and mercy. At times it becomes challenging not to unintentionally question our faith as we see so many injustices that affect our brothers and sisters in Mungeli and around the world. Often it becomes hard to process causing us to wonder why there is such a india_2016_sarah_williams_Mungeli_06.jpegdivide between gender, geographical location, and many other factors. Unfortunately, in India the lack of care for women is profound. Many have children in their teens, are not allowed an education, and are used as laborers from childhood. Countless women are rarely if ever treated as valuable members of society, many rural women don’t believe they are valuable and are content with their place in society. Lord, as we come across moments of question, when we ask why things like this are happening around the world, and why we are so fortunate; please direct us away from questioning why, and lead us to serving where we can. Let us realize that by questioning why or how you could allow so many injustices to take place around the world we in turn accidentally affect our faith in negative ways. Help us have the trust of John and the disciples who had complete faith in Jesus, following him wherever he led and did his works without question. Be with us as we see and hear so many things that may leave our faith shaken. Guide us down paths that will lead us to best help our brothers and sisters and let us not be afraid to go down the road that you have set forth for us. In your precious name we pray, Amen.

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Pray for Indonesia on Sunday, January 8, 2017

ETimor-Indonesia-11-04_070.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 3:13-17

Prayers for Indonesia:

O Great Shepherd, unite us in prayer with the churches of Indonesia as they seek to discern and bear witness to your Word of hope and salvation. Be with our brothers and sisters gathered today in worship across the islands—in the militarized regions of Papua, next to chemically-saturated rice paddies in Java, longing to be heard amidst the cosmopolitan confusion of Jakarta, struggling to survive on the parched plains of south Timor, resting from their labor on palm oil plantations in Kalimantan. Grant these your sheep, guidance for their journeys, protection from exploitation, and comfort in the face of loss and despair. We pray for the Church of West Timor. May its new leadership encourage repentance, heal wounded relationships, reform broken systems, instill hope and be strengthened by your grace. We pray for the Christian University in West Timor. Bless its teachers and students that they may grow together through research, study, reflection, and community service. Help especially the Theology Faculty and its Truth and Reconciliation Team as it seeks to break a long tradition of campus violence. O God, make your presence known in all these places that your sheep may be saved.  Amen.

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Pray for Kenya on Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016_kenya_byrd_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 2:13-23

Prayers for Kenya:

Creator God, this new year help us not to take our lead from the many boisterous voices around us, rewire us by your grace that we might speak and act with Godly boldness and trust in you.

Pray for:

  • Peaceful, fair, and transparent elections in Kenya and continued national stability in Kenya.
  • The gender equality for the girl child when it comes to education, health care, early/forced marriages.
  • The emerging serious impact of climate change affecting countries in Africa such as Ethiopia, East Africa, and Southern Africa causing lost of cattle, food shortages, and lack of water.

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Pray for Sri Lanka on Sunday, December 25, 2016

20151027_141551.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Prayers for Sri Lanka:
It's Christmas, O Holy One. We give thanks that the season and the day are here. For two thousand years the birth day of Jesus has been a time to remember; celebrate and remember your gifts of love and hope, peace and joy. We remember also what our world is like now; wars, natural disasters, climate change, greed and poverty, food enough for all people but not enough desire to send it where it is needed.
 
Too many needs unmet, too many tragedies unavoided.
And still this is the season of hope, peace, love and joy.
 
Perhaps your greatest gift to the world is not giving up on us . . . every year at Christmas your gift comes again and we are refreshed, renewed, and remember hope, peace, love and joy, and we give thanks for your gift.  Amen

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Pray for the Dominican Republic on Sunday, December 18, 2016

20161117_100218.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 1:18-25

Prayers for the Dominican Republic:

Holy Creator,

You have given us many ways to receive your messages and love your creation better. Open our minds so that we receive dreams the way Joseph did. Soften our hearts so that we act with empathy in our relationships the way Joseph did. Strengthen our courage so that we accept the challenges you present to us in this life.

We lift up the developing partnerships of Caminante. Bless them as they journey into new projects and communities. Keep us ready to learn of new and challenging ways to honor them as our partner in mission.

May their deepest need be met by your unending love. May they continue to choose us as a companion in this work of making things on Earth as they are in Heaven.

Amen.

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Pray for Hong Kong on Sunday, December 11, 2016

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During a field visit to the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), the participants of the ICF human rights workshop learn about the hundreds of people in Laos who are still killed or disabled each year by unexploded “bombies” dispersed by cluster bombs by the United States during the Vietnam War.

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 11:2-11

Prayers for Hong Kong:
Lord, during this season of Advent, this season of waiting and expectation, we tell ourselves that you, indeed, are the One we are waiting for, that we are looking for no one else. But is this really true?

During your time among us, you restored the life of those who were blind, were lame, were sick, were deaf, were dead, were poor. In short, you gave fullness of life and dignity to those who were marginalized by society and who felt scorned. With the renewal of their lives and their spirits, you transformed them. These examples and teachings are what you have passed to us.

You also blessed those “who take no offense at me.”

We again would proclaim that we take no offense toward you; but when we survey our world today, we do take offense to you and the fullness of life you brought to us and your message of love, compassion, justice and peace to be shown to all people. We must confess that we do treat with contempt those who are a different race, a different nationality, a different faith; we sow divisions among ourselves even though we are all created in your image and are all children of God.

In our scripture passage today, you asked the crowds what did they seek when they went out into the wilderness with John the Baptist. We could ask the same question of ourselves: What do we expect to see in the wilderness of our world today? What are we looking for? Why? Will we know it when we find it?

In Hong Kong, we are not exempt from this message, for our society is fractured between the haves and have-nots. We have one of the world’s greatest gaps in income distribution between those who control the price of our daily necessities and the rest of us; our housing is among the most unaffordable globally so hundreds of thousands of our neighbors live in so-called coffin cubicles or caged homes or are McRefugees sleeping overnight in 24-hour fast food restaurants; migrant women who clean our homes and care for our children are viewed as second-class workers; asylum-seekers and refugees are perceived as merely economic migrants; and racial minorities, even those who are born here and speak Cantonese, feel the pain of discrimination.

Lord, we are in need of your message as much, or even more, than the people 2,000 years ago. We pray for your love and peace to fill us, your wisdom to guide us, in Hong Kong and the world today. Transform us, Lord, so that we can transform others. Amen.

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Pray for Mexico on Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016_mexico_jerri_handy.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 3:1-12

Prayers for Mexico:

Spirit of God, thank you for your love that includes the people in Mexico. Thank you for churches like the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and Iglesia Discipulos de Cristo de Mexico who work together to spread the news of your radical inclusive love. Spirit of God you move in us and through us and we are grateful. Your love changes things; it continues to change hearts and lives.  Thank you for people, who are home and yet believe supporting the work of accompaniment is important. Thank you for love that is inclusive.

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Pray for South Korea on Sunday, November 27, 2016

kore_2016_kahala_cannon_02.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 24:36-44

Prayers for South Korea:

You are our strength and our song. Thank you for each day in which you allow us to experience, trust, and receive your unfailing love. From the depths of our hearts, we sing praises unto you. God of love and peace, guide us by the wisdom, power, and truth of your word.

kore_2016_kahala_cannon_03.jpegLord, quietly whisper in our ears and give us a gentle nudge to remind us to take time out to reflect on your truths throughout the course of our day. Speak to our consciousness, so that we will never forget to remain watchful because no one knows the day or hour of the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ. Ignite our hearts and minds to always be in the state of preparing so that we will be ready for the day of His return.

Let us not fall asleep on our duties thinking, “Oh, I have plenty time.” Empower us to be purposeful in spending time in your presence, walking in obedience and in our purpose, loving our neighbors as ourselves, living out the Great Commission, standing against every form of injustice, and being the voice for the voiceless.

Lord, we thank You and honor You. In Jesus name we pray,

Amen.   

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Pray for Colombia on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Colombia_2016_Michael_Joseph_Asamblea_Copla.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 23:33-43

Prayers for Colombia:

Loving God,

Today we come before you to lift up the country of Colombia and our partners in mission there. This is an exciting time in Colombia. After 52 years of war, the Colombian government and FARC rebels have recently signed a peace accord. We pray for peace in Colombia and we pray for violence to end all over the world.

Our Global Ministries partners, Justapaz - the Colombian Mennonite Colombia_2016_Michael_Joseph_Entrevista.jpgCenter for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action and the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia have actively engaged with the peace process through the Interchurch Dialogue for Peace – DiPaz. We pray for Colombia's peacemakers, may you guide their work.

Christ, you were crucified with criminals at a place called Golgotha, the place of the skull, outside Jerusalem's walls. In death, as in life, you drew close to the outcasts of society, showing them transforming love and inviting them to join you in God’s kingdom. We thank you for the transformational, kingdom-building, peace-giving work of our partners in Colombia.

Colombia_2016_Michael_Joseph_Ni_un_paso_atras.jpgHelp us to walk with them, the paths of peace. Amen.

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