Weekly Prayers

Pray for Ecuador on Sunday, July 31, 2016

ecuador_cooper_2.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 12:13-21

Prayers for Ecuador:
O Lord, it is sunny today and the sky beholds your love for your creation. Yet your people of Ecuador have recently suffered from devastating earthquakes and erupting volcanoes. Have we been too greedy? Have we stored too much in our coffers? Surely we are not deserving of this cruelty.

We pray you will teach us to love and to be patient, to share and to receive with grace. And we give thanks to the many individuals, government entities, and organizations including FEDICE and Global Ministries, that have contributed to making our lives, maybe not filled with belongings, but rich with your love again. Help us not to demonstrate greed, but to be abundant in our love toward you and all of your creation and people.

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Pray for East Timor on Sunday, July 24, 2016

timor_liddle_2.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 11:1-13

Prayers for East Timor:
Gracious God, we give you thanks for our partnership with the Protestant Church of Timor Leste. Through this partnership we hear the good news of your presence among the people of Timor and we see how your Spirit is at work bringing faith and hope, nurturing a spirit of service in the search for justice and peace.

We pray this day for the people of East Timor. And we pray as well for the land and sea and creatures big and small. We pray for the ministries of the IPTL: Clinic Immanuel Losplaos, Lisa Dila School, youth activities, and pastoral ministry. We pray for IPTL’s faithful pastors; many serving with very little pay and all striving to bring a word of life, grace and hope to the people. We ask that you give wisdom, guidance and trust to all of us working together to serve the people of Timor. In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

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Pray for Nicaragua on Sunday, July 17, 2016

magyolene_03.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 10:38-42

Prayers for Nicaragua:
We are at a time of the year, where in the southern hemisphere we are in full motion of the year and ending a first semester of classes and work, and in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of summer and well deserved vacations that we need every so magyolene_02.jpgoften in the year. Having a moment of rest for many is necessary and is a part of their culture. Is that so with you? But when we realize that even in our time off, whether it’s to enjoy a break in winter (south) or summer (north) we are including God, who is the engine of our lives or, are we enjoying labor so much that we’ve become more stressed? For many Nicaraguans, having vacation time or rest is not within their plans, for the reason there is no culture of vacations and simply, they have no money to take time away from home. Never forget that although we cannot take time for relaxation, every moment of rest that God allows in our lives is a renewal; let us take care of those details that we see in nature and that it is the call of God for our lives, and brighten our way through beautiful places that could only be painted by His fingers. Let us enjoy each day that God offers us and not be anxious about material goods that deteriorate and become damaged, let us enjoy the simple things we have every day around us and thank our God for allowing us to live.

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Pray for Hong Kong on Sunday, July 10, 2016

hong_Kong_2016_Judy_Chan_migrant_gathering.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 10:25-37

Prayers for Hong Kong:
O Lord, we praise you for your compassion and mercy to all generations. For we too lay wounded and half dead until you came to our rescue when all others had passed us by. You didn’t ask, “What might happen to me?” if you got involved. You only asked, “What might happen to them?” if you didn’t get involved. Through your sacrifice, we are healed in body, mind and spirit. May the churches in Hong Kong follow your example of the Good Samaritan. Let us never be so busy with our religious duties that we ignore the human tragedies unfolding right before our eyes. For surely you O God give us the migrant, the refugee, the prisoner, the poor and the protester to show us who is our neighbor and how to care for one another. Bless the mission of the Hong Kong Christian Council as it takes sides with the powerless and gives voice to those who are not allowed to speak. May your favor rest upon us and prosper the work of our hands. This we pray in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Pray for Guadeloupe and Martinique on Sunday, July 3, 2016

guadeloupe_2016_beth_guy_02.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 

Prayers for Guadeloupe and Martinique: 

O God who calls us and sends us, 

This morning we give you thanks for our brothers and sisters in Martinique and Guadeloupe. We give you thanks for their witness and service. We give you thanks for the love that they share and for the work they do. We give you thanks that even in the midst of struggle or being “lambs in the midst of wolves,” they trust in you and continue on in faith. God, on this day, we particularly ask that you be with them and guide them as they: 

  • Continue a large building project of a parsonage and church building.
  • Enter into a time of transition with several folks leaving and a new pastor coming in.
  • Work to clarify and strengthen their mission within their contexts.
  • Continue work on various projects as they work to serve prisoners, families, and various other struggling populations. 

We hand all of this to you, O God, remembering that sometimes your work is not easy or simple, but worth it. We thank you, God, for the privilege to share your love. Amen.

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Pray for Morocco on Sunday, June 26, 2016

2016_Morocco_Tyler_Reeve_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 9:51 - 62

Prayers for Morocco:
Loving God, thank you for your welcoming embrace. Your acceptance of our imperfection is ever an example for us to strive for. Forgive us when we fall short – when we are quick to reject and quick to condemn. Inspire us to spread your love even when it is not reciprocated.

Protecting God, watch over the people of Morocco. Shelter it from those that would inflict harm, and let it continue to be a country of peace.

Nurturing God, be with the Christian community of Morocco in this time of continuing growth and transition. Lend your wisdom to its leaders, and unify its members to become the diverse tool for your work that it is working to become.

Healing God, give us the compassion and the resources to care for our brothers and sisters in difficulty. Help each individual to find the solutions and the peace that they are seeking.

Help us all to learn from each other, to respect each other, and to realize what is truly important; let your priorities be our own.

We pray in the name of the migrant who loved us all more than we can comprehend,
Amen.

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Pray for South Africa on Sunday, June 19, 2016

South_Africa_2016_susan_valiquette_inanda_school_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 8:26 - 39

Prayers for South Africa:
Dear God we pray today for South Africa and remember especially those who seek education and thirst for knowledge and skills. May they be given an opportunity to grow and develop the gifts and talents that you have conferred upon them. May there be a ground swell of support and those working to improve the quality of education in the land. Bless and multiply the work of Inanda Seminary and continue to provide the resources and support for them to continue their work in the country. May Inanda Seminary shine as a light of hope to the country that one day children will tell their story and proclaim what Jesus has done. We commit ourselves today to supporting our own local schools, teachers and school children. Open our eyes so that we might see as you see. Open our hearts that we might love as you love. Open our minds that we might think as you think.  Amen.

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Pray for Honduras on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Honduras_Mary_Jane_Westra_2016_05.JPGLectionary Selection: Luke 7:36 - 8:3

Prayers for Honduras:

Gracious Father Mother God

Violence, corruption, and natural disasters surround us yet people offer lavish hospitality to us and abundant gratitude for what they have been given. Forgive us, God, for turning a blind eye on our brothers and sisters. Forgive us for forsaking Mother Earth.  Help us appreciate the stranger among us and offer lavish hospitality. Guide us to give gratitude for what we have. Direct us to lovingly care for what we’ve been given. Thank you for the love and forgiveness offered freely by our Lord.

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Pray for Korea on Sunday, June 5, 2016

20160509_120211.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 7:11-17

Prayers for Korea:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We worship you for who you are, the great “I Am.” The splendor of your majesty prevails as we rise each day and witness the display of your incomparable great power for us. You are more than enough in every area of our lives. Your immense love and compassion for us reaches far beyond any depth that we could ever comprehend.

Thank you Lord, that you hear every spoken, unspoken, or liquid prayer that we utter unto you. You not only meet us at the point of our need but you are He who does immeasurably more than all that we could ever ask or imagine. There is nothing too hard for you! You can deliver us from any situation, even those that appear hopeless or dead in our eyes.  You respond to the cry, call, and plight of your people all around the world. There is no language barrier with you.

Thank you for your tender grace and mercy. Thank you for the gift of life and the dawn of a new day in which we can experience true joy. It is in the name of Jesus that we pray,

Amen

 

 

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Pray for Mozambique on Sunday, May 29, 2016

IMG_20160327_083527200.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 7:1-10

Prayers for Mozambique:
God of glory and grace, in whom we profess our faith, hear our prayers as we lift up our sisters and brothers in Mozambique. May their faith be encouraged and grow in the strength of humility, Lord. We know that life is difficult in Mozambique and many are feeling the SAM_7357.jpegoppression of violence, fear, lack of resources, and hunger. God we ask you to inspire in all of us - your faithful in this place and in Mozambique - courageous hearts to stand up for the oppressed. Inspire us toward thoughts and deeds of service across our cultural divides, O God. For it is in these acts of courage and defense that we reach beyond ourselves and open ourselves up to the glory of your love. With this love, we can change the world.

Lord, you know all our innermost beings. Help us to know one another better and to reach out with hearts of understanding. For it is in understanding that we might see that we are all one in the family of God; that we share one another’s hurts and struggles and are called to stand up for what is right and just for all people. Lord, make us all instruments of your peace and healing. Amen.

 

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