Weekly Prayers

Pray with Venezuela Sunday, July 7, 2019

Lectionary Selection:  Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Prayers for Venezuela:  

Holy One,

We give you thanks for our sisters and brothers in Venezuela and have heard their cries for justice and peace in the midst of a difficult time. Cover them with your peace. Make a way for reconciliation and fresh hope.

Help us to be better neighbors to our siblings in Venezuela. We commit to you our solidarity with them. We will continue to listen to and walk with them in the midst of this crisis and in the days beyond.

We celebrate, God, that you can make a way where there is no way. We are grateful that your love knows no limits.

In Christ’s name, we pray,

Amen.

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Pray with Mexico Sunday, June 30, 2019

mexico_Cindy_Moraga_Capacitacion.jpegLectionary Selection:  Luke 9:51-62

Prayers for Mexico:  

God the Father and Mother, you show us your love in the life and wisdom of Jesus. Teach us to follow you in your solidarity with the poorest and most marginalized in this world.

In solidarity with those who suffer because of injustices.

In respect for the dignity of every human being and of all creation.

In your calling to share resources with those most in need. 
In your love for all people without conditions. 

We hear your call to be your disciples.

We are committed to serving you by following the example of your life. 
We commit ourselves to honestly confronting our selfishness. 
We commit ourselves to deny ourselves, to take the cross and follow you. 
We commit ourselves to be guided by your Spirit to bear witness to your Kingdom of righteousness and life.

Amen.

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Pray with Zambia Sunday, June 23, 2019

Zambia_Charo_Breckenridge_IMG_20190512_091835.jpegLectionary Selection:  Luke 8:26-39

Prayers for Zambia:  

O, Heavenly Father, thank you for this wonderful story about Jesus healing a tortured soul. Even though most of us do not experience illness and psychological distress as “demons” anymore, the reality of such trials as these is ever present in our beloved Zambia. Children and adults here and everywhere continue to suffer the desolation and pain of mental illness. We, your creatures, Father, suffer so miserably from these afflictions. We pray for deliverance and restoration to health. We pray for all those to try to relieve this suffering. We pray for the caretakers. We pray for those who work to comfort and heal these brothers and sisters of ours. It is a hard vocation and we ask for your guidance and empowerment. Send us new hope. Restore and cleanse our own spirits. Put us all back in our “right” minds. Send us all out into our cities to, like the man whom Jesus cleansed, proclaim what Jesus has done and is doing for all of us. We ask all these mercies in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Pray with Israel/Palestine Sunday, June 16, 2019

2013_Bethlehem_Peter_Makari_03.jpegLectionary Selection:  John 16:12-15

Prayers for Israel/Palestine:  

Gracious and loving God: we praise you for sending us your Son who by his life and death for us has given us confidence in your love and reassurance of your faithfulness; and who by his resurrection has given us faith in your power, peace in your sovereignty, and trust in your promise. We pray that you will continue to speak peace to us and to those who rule the nations of our world.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Pray with Indonesia, Sunday, June 9, 2019

Indonesia_2017_Deenabandhu_Manchala_05.JPGLectionary Selection: John 14:8-17

Prayers for Indonesia:  

Spirit of Truth, in Jesus Christ we see you. We see your unbounded love for this world—for all its creatures and all its peoples. Today we pray for Indonesia, a country enriched but also divided by the diversity of your creation: a country where palm oil plantations obliterate the native forests; where young people are bought and sold, their bodies a sacrifice to the gods of modernity; where the capital city is sinking into the sea from the weight of concrete and steel; a country where people call to you by many names, in hundreds of languages, where churches and mosques are overflowing with people who are still aware of their need for You. Spirit of Truth, recent elections have strengthened Indonesia's democracy, but at the same time have left Indonesia's religious communities increasingly divided from one another. Spirit of Jesus Christ, open their eyes, open our eyes, that we may see one another for who we really are: beloved children of God, sisters, and brothers. Though we call You by many names, You are still One God. Amen.

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Pray with Kenya Sunday, June 2, 2019

Kenya_3116643600_4b225f3a54_o.jpgLectionary Selection: John 17:20-26

Prayers for Kenya:  

Lord, we praise your name forever and ever. You are the Lord of Kenya. Jesus, we love you and we claim victory of the cross for Kenya. It is you that Kenya needs, it is you that Kenya loves and adores, you are the comforter, the perfect one. God, we pray that you wipe away the tears of Kenyans.

In its priority, Kenya wants to put you in the first place. Kenya finds its source and purpose in you. We seek the heart and the counsels of you in all that we do. We want to examine your Word and follow the direction of your mind, therefore prayer allows us to conform our will to yours.

People, after all, are one family called the Kenyan people and the Kenyan nation. They must learn to live, work together, and respect one another for the purpose of making Kenya a great nation.

We pray for Kenyans to maintain peace and love and to foster unity and harmony among themselves.

In the name of Jesus. Amen

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Pray with Kenya, Sunday, May 26, 2019

Lectionary Selection:  John 14:23-29

Prayers for Kenya:  

Thank you, God, for modern day prophets like Rev. Dr. Timothy Njoya, his bruises and the humiliation he suffered have changed the political landscape of Kenya. We also want to pray for Kenya as we go through a drought this long rainy season. We especially want to pray for those who died because of lack of water and food in the Turkana region and other arid regions in Kenya. Amen

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Pray with Haiti, Sunday, May 19, 2019

Haiti_Mckay_John13_34.jpegLectionary Selection: John 13:31-35

Prayers for Haiti:  

All loving and gracious God, You have given us a new commandment - to love one another. We are to love others as You have loved us. You did not come to teach us only in words, not to rule over us with laws and regulations. And we thank You for being the perfect model of love. You came to show us how to truly be servants of others, and by doing so - we love. We pray, Lord, help us to put aside our egos, our “good intentions,” our personal agendas, assumptions, and fears, in doing so we can love others with a humble spirit and open heart so our actions will reflect and glorify You. Lord, help us to be ready, at any moment, at all moments - to love. Simply love.

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Pray with East Timor, Sunday, May 12, 2019

East_Timor_Vijay_IMG_0180.JPGLectionary Selection:  John 10:22-30

Prayers for East Timor:  

Good and gracious Shepherd, we have heard your voice and your invitation to follow. From day to day, in many and diverse ways, you walk alongside us. You are at work in the rising of the sun and its setting. The intricacies of creation and human relationships show forth your presence with us. And for that, we give you thanks. On this day, we lift up to you the people of Timor-Leste. We pray for the Protestant Church of Timor Leste and especially it’s vital ministry Clinic Immanuel Lospalos. Bless us with your wisdom, patience, and compassion. Guide us that with each person we consult we would see your own face. Amen.

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Pray with Lebanon Sunday, May 5, 2019

Lebanon_Nishan_Bakalian_IMG_0149.jpegLectionary Selection:  John 21:1-19

Prayers for Lebanon:  

Dear Lord and Savior, Friend and Brother, standing by the edge of the water with your eye and heart fixed upon us, now hear our prayer as we immerse ourselves in the busy-ness of the day, trying to forget how abandoned we feel in this heartless world.

Though we wish to be with you today in Paradise, instead we find ourselves here on Earth, continuing the struggle to live each day no matter what may befall us, to serve you alongside the least of our sisters and brothers, to preserve hope in you amid every pressure to which we are subjected by powers, seen and unseen.

Remember your church in Lebanon today, as it carries your light to a society staggering under mistrust, corruption, selfishness, nearby wars, lack of reckoning with the past, abuse of nature and misuse of your name.

Open our ears as you lead us in casting our nets to gather an abundant catch of love and truth. Open our eyes to see that you have already prepared a table of fellowship to refresh and renew us. Open our hearts and our lips, to declare, even in our human frailty, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” And empower us to demonstrate that love with our whole lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray.

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