Weekly Prayers

Pray for Kenya on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Lectionary Selection: Luke 17:11-19

Prayers for Kenya:

The disease of leprosy goes as far back before Christ.  To live with leprosy meant you were a social outcast.  It is a hopeless disease that one lived with and died from it.  The 10 men with leprosy had learned to live with the abnormal. They learned to live with the disease and became accustomed to living on the fringes of society. Society can also become accustomed to living with abnormal conditions. We live with the disease of violence in the world and we have become so accustomed to it that the abnormal feels normal. 

The All Africa Conference of Churches held along with other two ecumenical partners a workshop on Peace and Healing with the churches in Burundi. The participants were asked to recall the disease that is affecting the country as well as moments of healing that took place. The disease list was assassination, extra judiciary killings, hatred, injustice etc. The times they experience healing/liberation from their disease the list was so few.

The healing of societal diseases requires that we make them visible, that we use our voice and at times use our hands to heal. The disease of gun violence, chemical weapons, wars, hunger, etc.  they all cry out “Jesus have mercy on us” And the people of God “see” and responds.

Pray for peace and stability in the following countries:

  1. South Soudan
  2. Democratic Republic of Congo
  3. Burundi
  4. Mozambique

God, you call us to heal the 10 that called out to you 

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Pray for Philippines on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Philippines_2016_Eleazar_Fernandez.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 17:5-10

Prayers for the Philippines:
God of life, we come before you to express our laments and struggles. The forces of death are relentless in their assault against your people and the whole of creation. Death and its various manifestations have engulfed the land. Many continue to live in abject poverty while the few wallow in affluence often at the expense of the hard working poor. Greed and corruption, human trafficking, dangerous drug trade, extra-judicial killings, kidnap for ransom and terrorism, especially by the Abu Sayyaf group on the island of Mindanao, continue to wreak social havoc.

Meanwhile extractive industries, such as mining companies, continue to ravage the ecosystem and displace the indigenous peoples of the Philippines from their ancestral domains.

We are not bereft of intelligent and well-educated people. Yet, why does it seem that we do not know our way out of our social mess? The darkness around us is deep.

So we pray, O God,

  • send your Spirit to lighten our paths because the darkness around us is deep.
  • Illumine our hearts and minds that we may see and embrace your light.
  • Unleash the power of your Spirit to dwell in every nook and cranny of our lives so that our flickering light will shine brightly and burn mightily.
  • Guide us to the way that brings justice, healing, reconciliation, and well-being for all.
  • Empower us to not only know what to do, but also to do what we know.

This is our prayer.

Amen

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Pray for the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Congo_2016_Paul_Turner.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 16:19-31

Prayers for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Eternal God, we are grateful for your presence in our midst as we tend to the wounds, not just physical, but mental, emotional and spiritual. Forgive us for the times when we failed to become genuine partners with those in need, and when we have not adequately sought to heal the wounds in our society. Holy Spirit, help us discern when one needs a hand up and when one has to be lifted up. In a world of full of gross inequality and injustice, may we possess the holy boldness necessary to proclaim God’s transforming power of love to bring about systemic change. Bless those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their partners around the world, working to bring peace and alleviate poverty in the cause of establishing justice and righteousness. In your name we pray, Amen.

 

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Pray for Thailand on Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lectionary Selection: Luke 16:1-13

Thailand_2016_Kristin_Wolf_03.jpgPrayers for Thailand:

Mother of the world, we come as children of light before you to be of service.
We come in the spirit of justice, of peace and of mercy as faithful stewards of your eternal home.
Give us strength and humility to do your work.
Take our debts and our burdens hearing our voices cry out from Thailand.
Thailand_2016_Kristin_Wolf_02.jpgWe pray for peace within and among world religions,
Non-violent answers to conflict and cultural differences.
We ask that you build up our students in wisdom
And give us abundant peace builders
Entrust these people of peace with your true riches,
For it is you, God, who know our hearts and give us the good news that your kingdom is among us.
All praise to you, we long to see you.
Rejoice! We were lost and have been found.
In your everlasting love and light we pray,
Amen

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Pray for India on Sunday, September 11, 2016

Lectionary Selection: Luke 15:1-10

seema_4.jpgPrayers for India:

Gracious and heavenly Lord,

We gather here today to thank you for giving us another beautiful day to worship and praise you. We thank you O Lord, for the forgiveness of our sins, for the many times that You have brought us safely home after we have strayed away. We are like the sheep that had lost their way, but were found by the good shepherd who rejoiced after finding them. We were not worthy of being found and taken home so lovingly O God, but You, with Your everlasting love for your children, have shown us what unconditional love means. We thank You for being our Creator and for watching over us lest we stray and fall.

Lord, at this time, we remember our partners in mission in other parts of India and for the work that they do for your glory and honor. We pray for the Christian Medical Colleges which are going through legal battles with the government to preserve their minority rights in the admission process of their students. We pray that they find success in order to continue the legacy left behind by the founding missionaries and to continue to fulfill the dreams with which these medical colleges were started. We pray for the other Christian institutions which are faced with obstacles everyday to survive within the pro-Hindu government.

We also pray for India and the billions of people living in poverty there. We pray for security and tolerance among the people as we hear of terrorist activities, bombings, honor killings, female feticide, religious riots etc., not just in India, but all over the world, Lord, we pray for peace that comes only through You.

Amen.   

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Pray for South Africa on Sunday, September 4, 2016

Valiquette_Groutville.JPGLectionary Selection: Luke 14:25-33

Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious and loving God, if required for the cross, we will forsake even our families as Jesus taught. But surely you also call us, as part of our obligation to carry the cross, to not selfishly forsake our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by destroying the Earth. In a land where ancestors and descendants are still family (and God is the God of the living and the dead), water resources are desperately scarce and animal and habitat diversity for many species are threatened by poaching and human invasion, inspire us to participate in your salvific plan for all Creation. Teach us that Jesus’ lessons about viability and sustainability are as much about our Earth as they are about our individual spiritual dedication and endurance. So, we pray for the drought persistent in southern Africa, leaving the reservoirs dangerously low, and for the looming extinction of the rhinoceroses whose horns are hacked for human greed. We hear that the whole cosmos, not just ourselves, is groaning for a new Creation in which those who follow will inherit the same blessings you bestowed upon us. For if we sabotage our descendants, then what are we good for? We pray in Christ’s name, Amen.

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Pray for Mozambique on Sunday, August 28, 2016

mozambique_free_1.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 14:1,7-14

Prayers for Mozambique:
God of wisdom and grace, we come to you seeking your guidance. We hear your words regarding humility and we must admit that we fall short. We need you to show us the way of humility, the way of Jesus. Show us the way of love, O God.

mozambique_free_4.jpegWe lift up the people and nation of Mozambique in prayer today. Open our hearts to the poor in spirit, a country crippled by an imperialist past, those struck lame by discouragement, and people who are blind to your Spirit. Help them to hear and accept the invitation to the table of your blessing, God. May we do our best to be examples of your fantastic love across the physical and cultural divides that separate us. Let us take the back seat and humble ourselves for the benefit of your beloved in Mozambique.

May your Spirit of giving and love abound in all people; especially in the hearts of the people of Mozambique, for whom we pray. May their leaders be humbled by your message of love and inspired to put the people first and self-interest last. Make us all instruments of your peace, O Lord. Amen.

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Pray for Mexico on Sunday, August 21, 2016

Border_hike.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 13:10-17

Prayers for Mexico:

Dear God,

May we have the wisdom to listen to the words of your son Jesus and the courage to put his teaching into practice. 

Sabbath is the time to rest and give thanks for the beauty and wonder of your creation. Today, the earth and all its inhabitants are suffering from social inequality and environment devastation. May we honor the sacredness of the Sabbath by nurturing our spirits so that we have the strength and wisdom to take effective and compassionate action to heal your precious gift of life on earth.

Jesus went up the mountain and was transformed by your light. He later healed one of your daughters on the Sabbath and showed by his action that he had been anointed by you to bring good news to the poor and let the oppressed go free.      

May we celebrate the Sabbath by following Jesus up the mountain to be transformed by your love and light; and to take actions of healing so that all your daughters and sons, wherever they are on your earth, may enjoy the fullness of life.

Amen.

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Pray for South Africa on Sunday, August 14, 2016

South_Africa_2009_Sandra_Gourdet.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 12:49 - 56

Prayers for South Africa:

Dear gracious and loving God,

As we go through these trying times attempting to inoculate ourselves and our loved ones from those who look, act and think differently from ourselves, who upset our peace and threaten our well-being, guide us in the right direction and do what is right. Help us to build bridges instead of walls. Help us to be Christ centered instead of self-centered, and to be your extended hands in the world in loving service.

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Pray for Japan on Sunday, August 7, 2016

japan_2016_j_mensendiek_1.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 12:32-40

Prayers for Japan:
God, your love surpasses all understanding. As Jesus encouraged his disciples saying; “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Help us also to know your abiding presence in our lives as we stand firm for the purpose of your kingdom here on earth. May peace and justice prevail for all.

japan_2016_j_mensendiek_2.jpegWe pray for your little flock of Christians in Japan who face trials on account of their faith in you. We pray for Christian educational institutions, that they may resist being hijacked by neo-capitalist forces in society. We pray for all minorities who are vulnerable to public displays of hatred on the streets. We pray for mothers and their families in Fukushima, 50% of whom do not think it safe for their children to be living there. We pray for the people of Okinawa who consistently find themselves marginalized. We pray for a society where freedom of speech, human rights, and democratic principles will be honored. We pray for the people who stand up to protect Japan’s peace constitution; a constitution which has prohibited politicians from waging war for more than seven decades.

God, your love surpasses all understanding. Help us to know your abiding presence in our lives. Help us, your little flock, to trust in your Word. Encourage us, and all of your little ones around the world, in the ways of your love. Amen.

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