Prayers for the people

27 October 2019

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 27 October, 2019
Prepared and led by Ernest Pobee

Let Us Pray

God of Life and Love, we come before you with thanks, praise and adoration for all you have and done and continue to do in our lives. As we appreciate Your many blessings in our lives, we bring before You our brothers and sisters all over the world in need of help and hope.

We bring before You the people of Chile. There are tens of thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets in Santiago in protest over inequality, low wages, expensive education and healthcare. During this period, over 2,410 people have been arrested including minors. We pray that the leaders of Chile be brave and passionate enough to address these issues affecting the citizens of Chile. This way, justice and peace may prevail. We also pray that governments around the world not forget their mandate, which is primarily to protect and serve their respective citizens.

We continue to pray for peaceful dialogue in places with political unrest, especially in Catalan where pro-independence figures have been jailed for attempting a separation of Catalan from Spain. Protests have broken out against the central government in response to their imprisonment. We pray for peaceful dialogue towards resolutions amongst leaders, and also peaceful expression of political opinions in Catalan.

Father God, we bring before You thirty-nine people found dead in a refrigerated lorry in the United Kingdom. We pray that their souls rest in peace. We also pray that steps be taken not just in the UK but all other places so that preventable losses of life never happen again.

In the US and Canada, we remember our brothers and sisters experiencing power outages due to the outbreak of wildfires in California. We pray that such preventive measures prove effective in preventing the loss of life and property through wildfire. We also entreat You to grant rescue personnel strength and endurance in the course of their work to save lives.

Dear Lord, Hong Kong will hold District Council elections in November. This is one of the few ways citizens are able to express their views on the governance of their city. We pray for peace and a successful election process. We pray that everyone who exercises their right to vote is able to do so in peace and without fear of attacks or coercion. We also bring all election candidates before You and pray that HongKongers make electoral choices towards better lives for the city’s various districts. We also pray that councillors who will be elected serve the community, do so with humility and commitment.

Lord God we bring before you the churches of Canada and the United States of America. We remember churches in our prayers, that they continue to witness and preach boldly the gospel regardless of the various evolving aspects of society.

We also pray for indigenous peoples in their struggles for survival, basic human rights, healing and also reconciliation for their persecutors. We pray for new immigrants in these countries, and also for policies which effectively counter systemic greed in the exploitation of communities and natural resources. We also pray that governments around the world carry out the task of prioritizing the concerns of their citizens and ensuring peace in their respective countries.

In our congregation Lord we give You thanks for the good recovery of Joy Camo. We also pray for Jade and ask for strength and endurance during her treatment.
Finally for Holly and Guy, we offer thanks for the gift of life and love. We pray that they continue to live in Your ways and that You always be the Head of their household.

These, amongst others, we humbly ask in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

06 October 2019

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 6 October, 2019
Prepared and led by Nam Boo Won

God of Justice and peace.

We thank you for allowing us to pray in this sanctuary for our neighbours, near and far around the world, who are in need or suffering from different reasons and causes.

We first pray for Hong Kong and its people. While China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, demonstrating its military might to the world,  violent clashes erupted across Hong Kong as thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets as a “day of mourning”. The shooting of a high school student by a policeman shocked and enraged Hong Kong people and the world, which never happened in the recent history of Hong Kong. We are worried God that the government’s sudden law enforcement banning wearing mask in the protest may aggravate already worsening situation in Hong Kong. 

We pray to you Lord, for those who have been injured in the protests and those who have been arrested. We particularly remember the young students in this movement. We pray that the government and police stop using excessive force against the protesters to reduce life-threatening damage to human lives, and the protesters as well, use non-violent approach in the pursuit for freedom, human rights and democracy. We seek your divine intervention in this troubled time so that God’s true love, justice and peace reign here and now.

Oh Lord,
We heard a news that a Pakistani court sentenced the brother of Qandeel Baloch, a social media star, to life in prison for her murder. He allegedly said he had killed her to preserve the family’s honour after she posted pictures of herself online.  

Oh God who judges all human cultures,
We pray that the cultural practices, such as honour killing and female genital mutilation that are detrimental to human life and freedom,  will disappear by your judgement and intervention, so that all cultures should be able to promote abundant life for all - the gift of God - regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality or religion.

We also heard that the suffering of the people in Kashmir has deepened because of the constitutional amendment abruptly made by Indian government to downgrade Jammu & Kashmir from a partly autonomous state to a territory administered by the central government. We remember the past history of the bitter conflicts between India and Pakistan surrounding Kashmir.

Oh healing God,
Extend your healing hand to those who are suffering from the prolonged conflicts between India and Pakistan. We pray that reconcilication and lasting peace will be restored in the area by your grace and intervention. 

God of the creation and creating
Two weeks ago, we heard 12 years old Gretha Tunberi (툰버리) spoke in front of UN General Assembly, and in front of humanity on the urgency of combating climate change. Still, we heard the news that a large section of the Mont Blanc glacier on the Italian side could collapse soon, if the oceans continue to suffer from climate change, and the very earth seems to shudder with destruction. We pray to you Lord that the leaders and citizens of the world prioritize the solumn duty to care for your creation above pursuing money and power.

God of the voiceless and powerless,
We pray for refugees and asylum seekers in the world. We got the news that Greece's resident refugee population has grown from  50,000 to 88,750, according to the UNHCR. With the recent conservative Greek government's toughening refugee policy, police already evicted 546 migrants from central Athens squats. We pray that more countries are willing to show hospitality to the refugees. May God keep them safe, and that they can reunite with their families soon. And beyond Greece and Europe, we also pray those many refugees and asylum-seekers in different countries to be given space and  freedom to live their life in diginity.      

For this week’s Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we lift up our prayers for the people and churches of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama – the Latin American countries. May we remember the children and youth who are traumatized by prolonged conflicts and violence and flee to other lands. We also pray for an end to gang violence and drug trafficking rampant in these countries. We pray for more just distribution of wealth that enables the millions who have been excluded to have access to a dignified life in these countries.

We finally pray for our church and the Congregation. We are thankful, Oh Lord, for holding us together in your love, in this trouble time in Hong Kong. We pray for all our members, including those who are sick or out of Hong Kong, to be firm in their faith in you as we prepare the  95th anniversary thanksgiving service next Month. May each one of us be united as one, and experience the love from each other and be proactive and faithful in practising your mission both individually and collectively as a Church in this Kairos time. We continue to pray for those who are seeking for comfort from physical pain and illness.

With gratefulness, we pray all these in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

29 September 2019

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 29 September, 2019
Prepared and led by Chris Wong

Dear Lord, we have sinned against you from generation to generation. We are easy to be complacent with self-indulgence, love of money and even ignorance when others are suffering.

We come to you to repent of our sins and offer now to You our prayers for others.

Our mother nature has given so much to nourish our lives. However, we fail to manage our land and have made so much destruction to the natural environment because of our selfishness.

Recent natural disasters have taken thousands of lives away from their beloved. The ones who remain become homeless and hopeless.

God of nature, be merciful to us. You are our only refuge; in the shadow of your wings, we will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.

We pray for those who are affected by natural disasters can be rescued and be able to rebuild their homes as soon as possible.

For those who have lost loved ones, we pray for God to comfort them and send all the love to heal their broken hearts and souls.

God of justice, we pray for all the political unrest, wars within one nation, and wars among countries. you told us when we cry for help, you will hear, and rescue us from all our troubles.

You are near to the broken-hearted and save the crushed in spirit. We now cry for your help to stop those who are abusing their power to suppress their people. We pray that peace will come to the world.

For the oppressed ones, we pray for the protection of their lives.

God of love, the protests against the extradition bill in Hong Kong that have transformed into a massive movement fighting for civil rights have continued for over 110 days.

We are all heartbroken because we love this place. Hong Kong is our home. We cry out for your mercy, Lord. May you strengthen our faith and belief that justice and peace will be restored.

In the time of challenge, we should remember that we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;

perplexed, but not driven to despair;

persecuted, but not forsaken;

struck down, but not destroyed;

always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our lives.

For the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle
● We lift up our prayers for the people and churches of Colombia,
Ecuador and Venezuela.
● We pray for an end to the corruption in these societies, and to unsustainable exploitation of their resources.
● We pray for the continued pursuit of peace in Colombia, the fulfilment of agreements reached, the reintegration of insurgents into society, broad and inclusive dialogue for justice, and fair compensation of those victimized by conflict.
For the Congregation
● Wai Ji Christian Service, established by KUC in 1979, held their 40th anniversary  Thanksgiving Service last Saturday. Pray that they continue to be light of Christ to serve the mentally challenged people in Hong Kong.
●  We continue to pray for the preparations for KUC’s 95th-anniversary thanksgiving service.
● We continue to pray for those who are seeking comfort and healing from physical pain and illness. Remember Joy Camo and Jade at this time of uncertainty. We remember Pearl and all those who care for sick loved ones and accompany them in their struggles.

Lord, we believe that You are the One who saves and heals and so we leave those in need of your healing in your loving care.

You will redeem the life of Your servants; none of those who take refuge in You will be condemned.

These and all our prayers we leave with you Lord, knowing you have heard all that has been said, the spoken and the silent words of our hearts and we thank you, Lord.

May we now join in one voice to pray the Lord’s prayer. You may pray in your own language.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and for ever.

18 August 2019

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 18 August, 2019
Prepared and led by Phyllis Wong

After each prayer item, I will say God, in your mercy, congregation please respond by hear our prayer.

God of love and compassion,

We seek your divine presence and blessing in places where your people are suffering from natural disasters. We remember people who have lost their lives, their homes and their beloved ones in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and China due to flooding and landslides in the past months. Pray for strength to the governments and humanitarian organizations in their course of actions in helping the victims.
We pray also for the people especially the poor who have been affected by the heat wave in Europe.
Strengthen your people to bear your image and to share your love with each other. 

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of justice and peace,

We pray for places where oppression and violence are prevalent. We pray that all human beings’ dignity will be upheld. We pray that all government should use their power to care and serve their people but not for their own interest.  In midst of the political crisis in Hong Kong, we pray for your gracious presence to the people and society. We pray for a peaceful protest organized by the Civil Human Rights Front to express the people’s demands to the government in this afternoon. Grant to everyone in the city a heart of peace and conscience like you Oh God.

Empower your church to be dedicated to works and words of justice in a world of pain and anger. Strengthen your people to be peacemakers to bring love instead of hatred.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of unity and reconciliation,

We uplift our concerns and sadness for the increasingly divided and broken society of Hong Kong. We pray for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation.

We pray for freedom to give from deep within, to bear one another’s stories and burdens with respect and dignity. Give to your people ears and hearts to listen and understand. Help everyone to laugh and cry and travel together into new realities of hope and renewal.

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

God of community,

From the ecumenical community, we lift up our prayers today for the people and churches of Liberia and Sierra Leone. We pray for the well-being of the people especially those who have been affected by the disease of Ebola and those who live in poverty. We pray for the government especially the democratically-elected leaders to serve their people and countries with law and order, check and balance so as to reduce corruption and people are able to share the resources more equally. We pray also different ethnic and religious groups live together in peace and harmony in these countries.

In KUC, we remember sisters and brothers who are going through health and other life challenges. We pray for Ramon’s recovery. We remember Pearl’s sister and Regina’s mother. May God heal and give strength and peace in their time of trials. We rejoice with Lucy for her good progress of recovery and give thanks to God for their grace to all.

May you continue to empower the community of faith, your Church to be Christ’s faithful witness. Give them courage to stand firm in the midst of division for your sake and for your Kingdom.

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

To conclude our prayers, let us pray as Jesus Christ has taught his disciples. You are welcome to pray in your preferred language.

Our Father in heaven…