Weekly Prayers

Pray with Dominican Republic Sunday, April 5, 2020

Dominican_Republic_Kaitlin_Thompson_IMG_2604.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 26:14-27

Prayers for the Dominican Republic:

Dear Heavenly Creator,

As we approach the joyous occasion of celebrating your son and our living savior's resurrection let us not forget the evening in the upper room when Jesus gathered to break bread with his disciples. Be with us in every breaking of bread as you were with Jesus and the 12 disciples all those years ago. God, as we approach a time of celebration we also cry out to you in pain at injustice. Just as Jesus was betrayed, so we too have been betrayed by those we trusted. Help us to be more like you, and learn to love with a forgiving heart. Be with those who have been exploited, hurt, and forgotten. Be with the children working when their peers are in school learning. Be with the migrant children struggling to adapt to a new land and a new tongue. Be with the young mothers and wives, wrap them in your loving embrace. Be with the girls growing up in a world that belittles them for not being born a son. Be with the boys who feel pain in their hearts and have been taught not to cry out. Be with the students marching in our streets and plazas to demand fair elections, be present with them through your holy spirit of peace and justice. Remind us that whenever two or more are gathered in a place, so you are there too. Let us break bread together in a spirit of unity, not of distrust and betrayal. Help us to love those who have betrayed us and to seek forgiveness in recognition of our own wrongs. Be with us in celebration. Be with us in pain. Lord, we seek nothing but to live our lives in the light of your covenant and rejoice in your merciful forgiveness.

In your holy child's name.

Amen

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Pray with Morocco Sunday, March 29, 2020

Morocco_Fritz-Gerald_Joseph_Community_Meals_-_Volunteers.jpgLectionary Selection:  John 11:1-45

Prayers for Morocco:

Loving God,

Mighty and glorious in power. You are our refuge and safe place. In times of distress and trouble, You are with us!

We pray for the Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco, please provide for all of their needs. Lord, we pray for the leaders and the hundreds of volunteers who serve to keep the Body of Christ alive in this country. Manifest your glory through their work and deeds. Let them be your voice so they can speak for the voiceless, let them be your eyes so they can see beauty and kindness in others, let them be your ears so they can hear the cry of the least of these, let them be your hands to work for and to provide for the needy, let them be your feet so they can walk on troubled waters to rescue the lost ones.

By your power, we call forth passion for justice and social equity. Let your living word awaken our spirit so we may dwell in love and unity with our siblings. May your Spirit guide and lead us, and help us find purpose and meaning for our gifts. Renew our strength so we can continue to serve the world with our time, talents and treasures.

Let your healing presence bring comfort and peace to your people. 

Amen.

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Pray with Haiti Sunday, March 22, 2020

Lectionary Selection:  John 9:1-41

Prayers for Haiti:  

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Jesus, our Great Physician, our Healer. You have shown us over, and over, and over again, how You are not only capable to heal our ailments but you are willing to do so. Lord, You are so good to meet us right where we are; right in our mess, in the middle of our desperation, in the midst of our blindness. 

You not only pour out Your compassion on us, which is more than any of us deserve; You invite us into love and graciously invite us to participate in God’s story. 

Lord, we thank you for Your mercy to not leave us on the side of the road, begging for meager scraps. You offer innumerable blessings, so much more than we imagine! You offer Your healing. We would be happy with just physical healing. How like You, to open our eyes beyond our selves, You open them to so much more. You open our eyes to Your majesty and glory. When we see You - we are compelled to worship You. We pray for the people of Haiti; all who need to see You and Your miracle in their lives. You have proven to us that not only can You - You are willing to do so. Lord Jesus, we give you all the praise and glory. Amen.

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Pray with Kenya Sunday, March 15, 2020

queen_mothers_phyllis.jpgLectionary Selection:  John 4:5-42

Prayers for Kenya:  

God, we thank you for the work of Rev. Helena in the Volta Region of Ghana with African Independent Churches on leadership and Social Transformation. We are grateful for the extraordinary work and role that Queen Mothers play in Ghana. We are blessed to have a tradition of strong women in Africa like the Queens Mothers and many others throughout Africa who stand in the tradition of the Samaritan women. These women were not silenced by taboos, they challenge stereotypes and point the community to the liberating, transforming power of Jesus who went against oppressive norms in societies.  Amen.

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Pray with Indonesia Sunday, March 8, 2020

Indonesia_Karen_Campbell_Nelson_seedlings_for_the_church.pngLectionary Selection:  John 3:1-17

Prayers for Indonesia:  

Loving Creator, the earth cries out against us. Open our ears! Volcanoes drown islands in ash in the Philippines and raging fires spin into tornadoes in Australia. Today we pray especially for Indonesia: for slum dwellers in Jakarta who die in floods; for the forests and air of Kalimantan where fires clearing land for palm oil plantations burn out of control, releasing microscopic toxins into the air; for the earth, waters, and indigenous peoples of Papua where security forces violate human rights while protecting the exploitation of resources. We confess we have become inured to news of our dying world and cling to the very lifestyles that hasten destruction. We allow abuse and neglect to flourish. We seek Your forgiveness, redemption, and grace, O Great Spirit. Pour a special blessing on the Christians of South Central Alor that their trees may flourish and their enthusiasm be sustained. May their care for the earth inspire us as well, that all be born again into the Spirit of radical love for the environment. Open our ears, our hearts, and our hands that we, our children and grandchildren, are not condemned but saved through Jesus whose ministry was one with creation.

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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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