Weekly Prayers

Pray with Ghana Sunday, March 1, 2020

ghana_debbie_colvin_98.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 4:1-11

Prayers for Ghana:  

Lord thank you for your love of the people in Ghana. As they live and work may they continue to praise you for all you provide. 

When they are faced with temptations, give them the strength to remember what Jesus said to Satan on the mountain as he was being tempted, “Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”

We lift the country of Ghana, it’s people, government, resources up in prayer that all will be used to the Glory of God.

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Pray with Ecuador Sunday, February 23, 2020

Ecuador_2017_Cara_McKinney_01_copy.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 17:1-9

Prayers for Ecuador:

God, thank you for all the blessings you give to us all. Even in times of difficulties, we can feel that you are with us. The people of Ecuador are a great example of this; no matter the circumstance of their lives, they are abundantly loving and ready to help anyone they encounter. In each moment, we witness human kindness and compassion in Ecuador, we feel your presence reminding us that we are all connected through you. Just as Peter knew, they needed to be on the mountain top with Jesus, a peace comes to those who answer your call. Thank you for being present in our lives and helping us embrace the silence in order to feel your presence.

Please let your presence be known in Ecuadorian families that are affected by ongoing wars on the border of Ecuador and Colombia. Please continue to provide for the families that are in impoverished areas who struggle to provide basic necessities we sometimes take for granted. Also, please be with all of us and help us to serve in a way that brings all your people together.

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Pray with Japan Sunday, February 16, 2020

Japan_ARI_Derek_Duncan_IMG_9520.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 5:21-37

Prayers for Japan:

Loving God,
Thank you for who you are.

Thank you for being a God that sees us not for the rules we follow, but what is in our hearts.

When the rules only say, “do not be mean,” help us to be intentionally and especially kind. When the sign says, “do not litter,” help us to pick up even the trash that is not ours.

When you instruct us to not seek vengeance, help us to truly forgive.

Help us to serve you with all our hearts.

Japan_ARI_Derek_Duncan_IMG_9420.JPGWe live in a world where courts, laws, and judges have the authority to decide what is “just” and what is “right,” yet too often these human judgments fail to reflect true justice and righteousness, which comes from you. Teach us true justice and righteousness.

We pray for the people who are hungry, the communities that are marginalized, and the environment that suffers at the hands of people seeking to make a profit.

Teach us to be good stewards, good servants, and good neighbors, to not only recognize the value of every individual but to actively make space and invite them in.

Teach us to follow you from the inside out.

Amen.

 

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Pray with Greece Sunday, February 9, 2020

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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 for themselves and for their families. And continue opening up the hearts of Perichoresis, and the Greek communities that welcoming the stranger and treating them as neighbors.

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Pray with Mexico Sunday, February 2, 2020

mexico_melel_prayer_1.jpgLectionary 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 heart, and the peacemakers. And so we pray that we too might be soft, tender, and open to your love.

We pray for Mexico, and we pray that we might be good neighbors to our sisters and brothers here – in word, action, and politics. We pray for Melel Xojobal, and that each and every child that comes through this organization feels strong and protected. We pray for the educators that work tirelessly and selflessly to empower and support the children and adolescents of San Cristóbal and the surrounding communities. And we pray that we might really listen to and learn from the children around us, whose voices are tender and too-often silenced.

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Pray with Hungary Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hungary_2004_Evan_Golder_02_copy.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 4:12-23

Prayers for Hungary:

Redeemer God,

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 the people who are alone, we run away from those who are sick, we invalidate people according to our own standards, and we refuse to lend a hand to those sitting for 38 years, day and night, alone, waiting to be helped.

There are many people fleeing their homes in search of a safe place to live. However, passages are becoming narrower and harder to pass, and families are being separated along the journey. In Hungary, we pray for the individuals and families who are being neglected and pushed to the margins of society, for those who are being persecuted for their beliefs, for those who have come in search of a better life and a better education for their children.

We are called to do something. We are called to act, to look around at those who are close to us, to those who are hurting.

Give us peace to look around at our hurting neighbors, humble our hearts so that we may do what You are calling us to do, and courage to act as Jesus did.

Amen.

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Pray with Guatemala Sunday, January 19, 2020

Guatemala_home_Paul_Pitcher_copy.jpgLectionary 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 ears of those who do not see or hear the suffering of your children. Make us sensitive to pain, that we understand that aggression against them is aggression to you. We beseech you, clarity, and courage to do justice to the little ones of this world and guarantee a dignified life.

Supplication of Father Hugo Padilla, Pastor of the San Bautista Episcopal Church:

We beg you to have compassion for the brothers and sisters of San Juan Sacatepéquez who are being victims of the blatant ambition of the cement company, supported by national and international circles of power. Father, they are depriving your people of their lands, regardless of life and legitimate ancestral rights over the territory. Powerful Father, in your compassion, preserve them from the evil that boils in the heart of this ungrateful company, and strengthen the just struggle of the communities of San Juan. Give them the wisdom to face and overcome this evil. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

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Pray with Indonesia Sunday, January 12, 2020

Indonesia_John_Campbell_Nelson_IMG_4735.jpgLectionary 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, cook, and bathe.  Corruption subverts our best efforts to restore the beauty of Your creation. Baptize Your world once again—clean our air, clean our water, clean our politics and our economy, clean our hearts. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who was baptized in order to share all our burdens. Amen.

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Pray with Israel/Palestine Sunday, January 5, 2020

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 land that we may again see your glory. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.

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Pray with Hong Kong Sunday, December 29, 2019

Flight_to_Egypt_2.jpgLectionary 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 are the wise men and women who will thwart the evil powers? O, God, we remember the thousands of asylum seekers in Hong Kong from faraway lands in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Though most have little hope of mercy from the Hong Kong government, they live and move and have their being among us. Many come from countries experiencing civil unrest, human rights abuse, military crackdowns, and war for longer than we can imagine. You know their names even if we do not. Give us a heart of compassion and a spirit of justice so they might live in dignity while in Hong Kong. Console all the weeping mothers and fathers whose children are no more. Receive into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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