Weekly Prayers

Pray with Israel/Palestine Sunday, November 29, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Prayers for Israel/Palestine:  
(reiterated from the refrain of Psalm 80, verses 3, 7 and 19):

Restore us, O God;
   Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Restore us, O God of hosts;
  Let your face shine, that we may be saved.  

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
  Let your face shine, that we may be saved.

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Pray with Puerto Rico Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  Matthew 25:31-46

Prayers for Puerto Rico:  

God,

Creator of what we see, and we cannot see, thank you for your everlasting presence among us. We ask for your overflowing love, and mercy, to be poured over the island and the people of Puerto Rico as your living water pour your daily blessing over us. Be the mighty fortress for those still displaced by the continuous earthquakes of the southwest region of the island. Be the shelter of new hope, of new life, for those still waiting and feeling ignored by the authorities to fully recover from the hurricanes, from the uncertainty of the pandemic, and all the natural disasters that have impacted Puerto Rico’s normality and tranquility.

May your grace be the guiding light to continue blessing the least among us; to continue blessing our brothers and sisters; providing for their needs; comforting them in times of sorrow, and sharing your redeeming gospel of hope and mercy with all. Make us oh, Lord, the hands and feet of your assistance.  May our words reveal to the world our faithfulness and commitment to your gospel and service. May our actions, be the living testimony of our faith. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

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Pray with the Philippines Sunday, November 15, 2020

Philippines_candle_and_cross_48th.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 25:14-30

Prayers for the Philippines:  

Dear Creating and Creative God,

At this moment Lord we too often see our leaders utilize fear, power, and violence as ways to address this global health crisis. They are not the servants that you call them to be. They do not fulfill your reign but instead, extrajudicial killings are on the rise once again threatening the lives of human rights defenders throughout the Philippines, so-called ‘Anti-Terror’ Laws are passed to firm the dangerous grasp of the current government, and lies live on the lips of those who are put into positions to protect us but continue to cause more harm.

Lord, we know you put firm footing beneath our steps us we stumble forward. Remind us of the disciples you wish us to be. Actively engaging in our surroundings and not settling for a status quo but creating your kingdom here amongst us.

We welcome your peace and grace to renew our lives.

In your loving name, Amen

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Pray with Ecuador Sunday, November 8, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  Matthew 25:1-13

Prayers for Ecuador:  

God, we come to you humbly and with thanks. We are so thankful for all that you have provided and all that you will provide for us in the future. Thank you for providing necessary resources, but also for those people you have placed in our lives to carry out your good works. Please continue to lead us along your path you have prepared for us and remind us to always be watchful for you in all aspects of our lives. Remind us to be more generous and to treat everyone as if it were You. Bless FEDICE in their mission to improve the lives of those around them and help them to remain strong and hopeful in this difficult time.

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Pray with the Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday, November 1, 2020

IMG-20200730-WA0030.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 23:1-12

Prayers for the Democratic Republic of Congo:  

God of Love, God of Life

We first want to remind ourselves of your presence, your love, and praise you for the many signs of hope.

In this year of the pandemic is also the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A strange year to celebrate. The struggle for independence and self-determination is a source of pride, but there is still a long way until the people benefit from the rich natural resources of this beautiful country.

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Pray with Guatemala, Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Lectionary Selection:  Matthew 22:34-46

Prayers for Guatemala:  

We pray the one who was a martyr for the living and loving, raise people up in prayer at our Eucharistic table for the body and blood of creation and its guardians, so that the body and blood may be the cup of salvation.

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Pray with Kenya Sunday, October 18, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Prayers for Kenya:  
(Adapted form the AACC assembly worship)

Transforming God, 
We bring to you during this time of uncertainty our worries, our joys, our convictions, and our confusions. 
We come with our deep longing for the church to not go back to where we were before.
We stand as a broken church and communities in deep need for a true and just society.
Transform us so that we live each day as transforms. 
Help us to break down the walls of separation within our lives and communities. 
Enable us to move from silo to ubuntu. 
Transform your church that we will become authentic bearers of light and life, in our world, 
Light and life in situations of stale theologies
Life and light in situations of selfishness and greed
Life and light in situations of all forms of discrimination
Life and light in situations of environmental abuse, economic unfairness, and all situations of violence.
Life-giving God, we stand in need of radical new ways of being your witness in the world. 

Finally, Merciful God, like the church in Thessalonians we pray that this new opportune time we are in is a new lease of life for the church. As we service the world the work you have appointed us to do will be produced by faith, our labor prompted by love, and our endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Pray with Japan Sunday, October 11, 2020

Japan_Martha_Mensendiek_Bazaar_Cafe_spring_2020_.jpgLectionary Selection:  Philippians 4:1-9

Prayers for Japan: 

Loving God, in the midst of the long-lasting pandemic we pray for the people of the world, especially those who are most vulnerable, those who are grieving, those who have lost jobs, or hope for the future.

We pray for those who are blamed for having caught the virus or shunned because a family member has. Let us not let the spread of blaming or shaming add more suffering. 

We pray for the leaders of the nations, that they will put politics aside to save lives and uphold democracy at this critical time.

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Pray with Egypt Sunday, October 4, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  Ex 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Prayers for Egypt:

For a millennium, the people of Egypt have witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking – but they have thrived, embodying the ideal that that hardship from God is meant to sharpen and refine us. Although struck by the harsh currents of time, again and again, Egypt’s Coptic Christian population still stands. We pray that you illuminate them, oh Lord.

God, hold in your loving palm the works of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the United Church of Christ’s partner through Global Ministries, based in Cairo. We pray that you strengthen your children as they engage in inter-religious dialogue and local community development, as they work to build a world that embodies that most important value: to love your neighbor as you should love yourself. God, we pray that our Coptic Christian partners are able to see the fruits of their righteous labor – Christians and Muslims working together to strengthen their nation and act as a counterbalance to the dangerous tilt experienced by our world today.

As the people of Egypt continue to batten down against the health and economic effects of COVID-19, let us pray for their continued strength and dedication to your Commandments and your grand love. Nourish them, oh God. Divinely guide those responsible for negotiating the state of the Nile River, oh God, and ensure that our Egyptian kin have the sustenance they need to survive. Holy one, please protect them from those who would do them grave harm.

Inspire our church to embody the Coptic model of resilience, to remain stalwart in the face of calamities and idols both natural and man-made. Let us be led by the example of our Egyptian partners, and help them lead us to you, oh God. Give us the strength to hold our neighbor in this storm.

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Pray with Ghana Sunday, September 27, 2020

Ghana_Larry_Colvin_image004.pngLectionary Selection:  Exodus 17:1-7

Prayers for Ghana:  

As we offer our gifts to you, O God, remind us that they are but gifts you have provided to us for our daily needs. Often we grumble, particularly in this time of Covid-19 that has brought us to a wilderness full of questions and concerns. Yet, you remain among us, faithful and plentiful.

We remember those who heard your call to leave homes and comfort behind to journey to a land we now call Ghana. There they encountered hardships but in the Peki Valley, you led them to water. Here your Word flourished as living water to those who came seeking and asking to quench their thirst. 

Ghana_Larry_Colvin_image001.pngAs we return our gifts, with thanksgiving, we also offer our prayers of thanks for those who continue to prepare new generations for ministry.  May they bring the Word of living waters to the cities and villages of Ghana.  Amen

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