By: Fiyori Kidane Feb 03, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:13-20
Prayers for Greece:
Ever-present and ever-loving God,
We come to you with heavy hearts as we witness the growing number of displaced people attempting to create a new understanding of home.
They are tired, they are weak, they are worn.
We ask that you provide comfort and strength to the beloved children who are migrating.
Provide help and strength to those who are pursuing a better life...Read more...
By: Abigail Fate Jan 27, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:1 - 12
Prayers for Mexico:
God of love, today, in our beautiful and broken world, we pray for softness. In this world where gentle is often synonymous with weak, and where unfeeling is equated with strength, you bless the poor, the meek, and the merciful. Though our society tells us that wealth and power are markers of success, you bless those who strive for righteousness, the pure in...Read more...
By: Ha-un Priscilla Yang Jan 20, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:12-23
Prayers for Hungary:
We lift up our sisters and brothers in Hungary and those in the refugee integration ministry and the Roma mission of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
There are many times when we are so caught up in our lives that we forget to look around at the people around us. Today we confess our cold and neglectful nature: We tend to ignore...Read more...
By: Ricardo Mayol Jan 13, 2020
Lectionary Selection: John 1:29-42
Prayers for Guatemala:
Supplication by Brayan Alvarado, General Coordinator of the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala:
Lord, today as yesterday, the economy and governments betray the people, putting themselves at the service of those who pay, kill, criminalize, and disable those who defend the law and life. Many, out of fear or blindness, slavishly accommodate the bleak order. We ask you, God, to open the eyes and...Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Jan 10, 2020
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.
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By: John Campbell-Nelson Jan 06, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 3:13-17
Prayers for Indonesia:
O Blessed Creator, You have spread the seas of Indonesia with thousands of islands, each a place of beauty and abundant life. And yet every day our cities pour out pollution, and the sea level rises higher. The burning of forests for palm oil plantations fills the air with carbon and darkens the sun, while your people struggle to find enough clean water to drink,...Read more...
By: Victor Makari Dec 30, 2019
Lectionary Selection: John 1:10-18
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
O Son of God, begotten of the Father before all things began, God of God, Light of Light, we praise and glorify you for taking upon yourself our human form and coming to live among us. We thank you for your light that shines in our dark and troubled world. We rejoice in the promise that your light has forever overcome the darkness of sin and evil. May this be fulfilled in our...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Dec 23, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 2:13-23
Prayers for Hong Kong:
Dear Lord, we remember today all those who must flee their homeland because of threats of violence, persecution, and death. Just as the baby Jesus and his parents fled from King Herod’s wrath, millions of refugees and asylum seekers around the world are seeking security and protection in a foreign land. Who are the angels who will watch over their perilous journey? Where...Read more...