By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Sep 16, 2013
Lectionary Selection: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Prayers for Japan:
God, you want everyone to be saved; saved from oppression, suffering, hostility, loneliness, illness, selfishness, fear, alienation, ignorance and despair. We lift up our partners in Japan who strive to be true to the good news of your gospel. Bless the Emmaus Center that reaches out to tsunami survivors, Bless the Asian Rural Institute that honors the dignity of all who toil for a better...Read more...
By: John Campbell-Nelson Sep 09, 2013
Lectionary Selection: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Prayers for Indonesia:
O God of Mercy, grant our brothers and sisters in Indonesia peace. Grant the schools of theology and universities with whom we partner clear visions of mission. Guide these Christian institutions of higher education to be agents of good will. Embolden their teachers to lead with integrity by example and inspire their students to demonstrate commitment in word and deed. With hope...Read more...
By: Gary Luallin Sep 03, 2013
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 14:19 to pursue what makes for peace. Peace has been on my mind a lot lately and it must have had a permanent location in Paul’s mind also. He calls our God, the “God of Peace” seven times in his epistles. In Ghana we have just recently had a victory for peace.Read more...
By: Mark Behle Sep 03, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Philemon 1-21
Prayers for Lesotho:
Whenever the world cries “useless” O God, you proclaim “useful!” In a throw-away world, where so much of what comes to us is discarded and snap judgments are made, you call to us: “Wait…hold on…listen…consider…open your eyes…look deep…think hard…you, and they, are mine!” Forgive us, God, when our thoughts are not always your thoughts and our ways are not always your...Read more...
By: Matthew Fehse Aug 26, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Prayers for Philippines
ΓÇ¿ΓÇ¿We often keep our associations with those of like-mind who are agreeable. Forgive us for holding ourselves apart from those with which we differ – this prolongs friction and discourages understanding. Guide us to relationships of harmony.
Heavenly One, please soften the hearts of those of us who hold power. Open our eyes to the struggle of those who are overlooked and neglected....Read more...
By: Victor Makari Aug 20, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13: 10-17
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
The Palestine/Israel peace talks resume, and all around the region there is both upheaval and yearning for order, reason, and eventual reconciliation. We pray for calm and good will to prevail, and for God’s spirit of counsel to guide leaders and those in authority onto the path toward peace.
We pray for support as we seek to live out our overriding commitment to...Read more...
By: Alison Stendahl Aug 12, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-19
Prayers for Turkey:
Creator God, the people ask you to look upon them, to restore them, and to give them life. We pray for those who have been driven from their homes in Syria and are living as refugees in Turkey and other surrounding countries. We pray for the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program, a small operation living on a subsistence budget provided by local...Read more...