Weekly Prayers

Pray with South Africa on Sunday, September 24, 2017

IMG_0080DawnBarnes.JPGLectionary Selection: Matthew 20:1-16

Prayers for South Africa:

Dear God,

Thank you for your outpouring of grace. You are kind and generous to all your children. Teach us to see others with your eyes and be just as forgiving. Thank you for the healing that results when we are quick to forgive. Bless and keep South Africa and her people during these years of mending the wounds of injustice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Pray with Israel/Palestine on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Masada__Dead_Sea__Qumran_2007_Peter_Makari_011.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 18: (21-35)

Prayers for Israel/Palestine:

Gracious God, your Word exposes our predisposition to retaliate, seek vengeance and pay evil for evil. Jesus’ picture of the Kingdom to which you invite our citizenship convicts our individual and collective consciences. By his sacrifice, you have shown us the breadth, depth and richness of your mercy, and have granted us forgiveness of all our sins. By the power of your Holy Spirit, instill in our hearts the grace of forgiveness toward others in our time and place – in our homes, in our churches, in our nation and in the world that you have loved. Help us to demonstrate your love, pursue peace and be agents of reconciliation. We pray in Christ’s name.

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Pray with India on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 18:15-20

india-mumbai-flood-840483504.jpgPrayers for India:

Lord of powerful winds and mighty rains, shelter your people. Hear their cries among the rising waters. Be with the hundreds of thousands of families who have been affected. Show your love through rescue workers, neighbors, and strangers. Help us to see your face in the midst of tragedy, both here in Houston and across Southern Asia. Help us to be present through our prayers and actions. You will be there among us to carry us through.

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Pray with Mexico on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 16: (21-28)

Prayers for Mexico:

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Dear Lord: Help us to walk alongside those who are being crucified daily in the midst of a suffering people. Accompany us as we live today being aware of your presence, Jesus, in every human being, in every circumstance. Let us find you in the walks and ways of the borders, where constant threats, thirst, and hunger are part of the challenge of every day's frontier crossing. As we walk under the shadow of Your cross, which continues to represent madness and a stumbling block to the unbelieving and spiritually stingy, allow us to discern prophetic signals announcing the coming of Your kingdom of justice and peace. We praise you, oh Lord, in our hope of the glorious day when you will reconcile, unite, renew, and reinstate those of your children who wait your coming while working and bearing witness of Your love and compassion.

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Pray for Venezuela on Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

Prayers for Venezuela:

Jornada_Medica__Sanarito-Portuguesa__Nov_10-17_2002_099.jpgOh, God, as we confess that you are the foundation of our faith and the foundation of the church, give us the strength and the power to be active agents of your reign in our world.

In times of conflict, confrontation, and despair in Venezuela, grant that the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela could be an agent of reconciliation and peace. Give to the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela the courage to be a prophetic voice in the midst of silence and complacency.

There are evil forces that become obstacles in the way to do justice and promote peace.

Help the leadership of the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela to discern ways in which a pastoral accompaniment could provide vision and hope for the future, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to open spaces for dialogue to reconstruct a society in which justice and equality prevail.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace. Amen.

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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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