Prayers

Prayers for the people

10 December 2017

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 10 December, 2017
Rey Asis


Sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters, let us all come together and unite in prayer on this Second Sunday of Advent. For every petition I read, I shall say Through Christ Our Light, and join me in saying, “Hear Our Prayer.”

Let us pray.

O Lord of life, You created this world for us to share and enjoy. May we be worthy guardians of this garden, of this home we call earth and sow seeds of love towards nature and our brethren. During these times, however, many of us fall victim to devastation and war. We pray especially for the people of Southern California who are affected by the wildfire, the children in countries that have registered unsafe air pollution levels, and those ravaged by fire, earthquake and climate change. May they find immediate refuge and their governments take action to bring them to safety. Through Christ Our Light, Hear our Prayer. 

O Lord of Love, You have taught us love, compassion and justice. May we be vassals whose minds, hearts and hands work for the betterment of all, not just one, and show love to all, especially the least of our brothers. Today we commemorate International Human Rights Day yet many are in danger of having their rights stripped, and sadly a few have fallen. Please welcome to your kingdom Fr. Marcelino Paez and many victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines; guide Raza Khan of Pakistan and Jolovan Wham of Singapore and keep them from harm; and our African brothers and sisters whose lives and futures are in danger because of slavery. May you shine your light into the hearts and minds of our leaders, guide them to take the right path, safeguard justice and rights, and be protectors of all people. Through Christ Our Light, Hear Our Prayer. 

O Lord of Light, You are the flicker that warms our hearts in the cold and give us hope when we are in the dark. Please guide many of us who are going through hardships, when many of us feel alone or unwanted, when all the light despite all this light have been extinguished. There is life, love and light in You. Live in us as we hope to be faithful bearers and sharers of your life, love and light to others. We pray for Bonny Lin, Cheryl Hui, Chris Wong, Christine Lui and Grace Law who will be baptized in the church next Sunday. We also pray for our brothers and sisters who are unwell, who will go through surgery, and those who are recovering - we pray for Bruce, Gaudence, Bishop Samuel, John LeMond and Fr. Naylor. Through Christ Our Light, Hear Our Prayer.

In the Ecumical Prayer Cycle, we pray for Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

We pray for Hong Kong, may it always be a city where people can speak without fear, and love without apprehension. We pray for one another, please make them healthy, alive and inspired. We pray for our families, please keep them safe.

Continue shining Your Light upon us, O God. Be with us always as we hope and work toward being Your faithful servants, Your sharers of Your love, as Your sons and daughters who will make heaven on this earth for all. This we pray through Your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Light, Amen.

03 December 2017

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 3 December, 2017
First Sunday in Advent
Prepared/led by: Phyllis Wong

Let us unite in one spirit to uplift our concerns and pray to God on this first Advent Sunday. After each petition I will say, “Through Christ, the Light” then join me in saying, “Hear our prayer.

God of love, it’s the season again, so as we offer our prayers may we be more attentive to Your Presence within and all around. May the Spirit of Advent remind us to slow down and become more awake to Your Kingdom of compassion, justice and peace. May the hope that is promised by God shine in everyone.  Through Christ, the Light:  Hear our prayer.

God of life, You are the source of everything and you care for all living creatures. Your wonderful and beautiful creation has been destroyed due to human greed. We pray for your healing and restoration of nature. We remember those whose lives and homes have been threatened by natural disasters. We pray for sisters and brothers in Bali who are currently under the threat of a major volcanic eruption. We pray for Your protection upon them. May the government take their best responsibility to keep their people safe and their homes secured. Through Christ, the Light: Hear our prayer.

God of transformation, we come to seek your empowerment to all women victims who have been abused and harassed at home, in work, in wars, in church and in society. We ask for your healing grace to friends, young and old, who have been suffering from HIV/AIDs and discrimination because of social prejudice. May you strengthen their hearts and give them courage to love and live a life with confidence and self-acceptance. We pray for a world in which all people are treated equally with respect and dignity.Through Christ, the Light: Hear our prayer.

God of peace, many lives have been shattered by violence and our world has been torn by division. We pray that your love dwell in those whose hearts are filled with hatred and sense of insecurity. Heal the wounded and restore humanity in all people who are created in your Holy image.  Bless your people in Egypt and other parts of the world that have been injured and threatened by terrorist attacks. We pray for peace and security in the Korean Peninsula. May the Prince of Peace set the political leaders free from aggression and guide them to resolve conflicts by peaceful and respectful dialogues. Through Christ, the Light: Hear our prayer.

God of solidarity, in the ecumenical cycle, we pray for the people and churches of Myanmar and Thailand. May the children especially the orphans, the ethnic minorities, the refugees especially the displaced Rohingya people in Myanmar are well attended. Pray for political stability and good governance in Thailand.  Through Christ, the Light: Hear our prayer.

God of justice, we pray for democracy in Hong Kong. May the civil rights of the people, especially the marginalized and the powerless be protected. We pray for the four Legco members who were unreasonably demanded to return up to HK$3.1 million each after the Court’s decision to disqualify them due to the oath taking controversy. May they be treated with justice and their service to HK be recognized. Through Christ, the Light: Hear our prayer.

God of community, may your caring spirit fill us in Kowloon Union Church as we pray for sisters and brothers who are ill and recovering from surgery. We uplift Bruce, Fr. Naylor, Constant, Bishop Samuel and John LeMond in your healing hands. May You bless and strengthen the sisters and brother who will be baptised later in this month. Through Christ, the Light: Hear our prayer.


As we begin the new church year, unite us all in You, God of Advent. Open our heart to wait for your promise. Strengthen our faith and keep us walk in Your way of hope, peace, joy and love. We pray for all these in the name of Jesus Christ, our saviour and liberator. Amen. 

26 November 2017

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 26 November, 2017
(Christ the King Sunday)
Prepared/led byHope S. Antone

Let us unite our minds and hearts through the intercession prayers. After each petition I will say, “Through Christ our Servant King,” then join me in saying, “Hear our prayer.

Almighty God, thank you for sending Christ Jesus to the world to show us your love and will. On this Christ the King Sunday, we remember his kingly coming as a helpless baby, who grew up showing his mission to serve rather than to be served. May we who claim to follow him as his disciples join in building his kingdom of peace with justice, humility, mercy, selflessness and love. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.

We pray for all believers, called to serve the King of kings by serving the least of your people. Grant that through and in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned, and those in despair, we will see the face of Christ among us and open our hearts to serve them in humility and love. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.

Remembering Christ Jesus who was a refugee, we pray for displaced peoples all over the world, like the Rohingyas, who have been rendered stateless and forced to flee violent persecution. We pray for asylum seekers, especially those in camps and detention centers, like those stranded on Manus Island. May their cry for help touch the minds and hearts of leaders and governments to respond more humanely; and may we find means to provide help in our own way to the displaced and impoverished among us. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.
    
May the observance of International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) remind us that you created man and woman equal in dignity; and that no one deserves to be abused, harassed, or violated. We pray for organizations that advocate and promote gender equality and that we will also do our part in our own way right where we are. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.

We pray for leaders of government in different countries that they will put their power to good use and reach out to the least, the last, and the lost in their midst. We especially pray for Zimbabwe as they begin a new chapter with a new president. We also pray for Egypt and Pakistan which are being rocked again by militancy, extremism, terrorism and violence. May leaders remember their accountability to you and your people and follow your will for life, peace and justice. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.

During his time on earth, Christ showed his authority over wind and wave. May you bring comfort to the families of the 44 crew of Argentina’s military submarine that went missing last week. May you bring peace and calm to those who are sick, those recovering from surgery, or about to have their treatment. We continue to pray for Bruce, John LeMond, Fr. Naylor, Bishop Samuel, Constant; and for others whose names we keep in our minds and hearts. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.

We pray for members of the church, that we will let Christ rule our worship and life together, over our work in the world and within our family, our relationships with friends and neighbors. May Christ rule our decision-making, our thinking, speaking, working, and resting. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.
    
With Christians around the world, we pray for the people and churches of Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore. Thank you for the amazing diversity of life shown by the species of plants and animals in these countries; for the religious and cultural diversity of peoples; and for better economies and employment opportunities. Yet there are some religious groups that are oppressed and certain ethnic groups that are discriminated. We pray for the protection and encouragement of religious freedom, political reforms and democratization, and for respectful use of natural resources and sustainable practices. Through Christ our Servant King: Hear our prayer.


Prepared/led by: Hope S. Antone 

24 September 2017

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 24 September, 2017
Ramon Bultron

LET US PRAY

God of love and compassion, by your spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified. Receive our prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in our vocation and ministry we may truly and reverently serve you well.

We sincrely pray for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, prisoners, people who are displaced, the unemployed and those in need.

Our beloved Father, grant that the promised day may soon come when peace, love and compassion, shall again light all lamps that wars and conflicts have extinguished; when all wanderers and displaced can return to their homes; when all of us may be united in our quest of building a community of genuine love and just peace.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among us that love and peace are fruits of righteousness.

We pray to you our heavenly Father for the people of Rohingya who were forced to flee their homes from the northern part of Rakhine state of Myanmar. Their lives are threatened and even death comes to many of them, even women, children and old ones are not spared. Their houses were burned and they experienced one of the worst humanitarian crises in our time.

Our loving God of peace and compassion, we pray that you answered the call of the Rohingyan's for their immediate relief and that they may received justice and their perpetrators are forgiven. We sincerely pray for genuine peace to reign in their heart.

We also pray for the Philippines who are in the midst of political and economic uncertainties.  May your love and blessings shines upon them, so we can free our hearts with hatred and greed that results to disunities and conflicts. And replaced it with genuine love, forgiveness and just peace.

We also pray for migrants and refugees who are forced to flee from their homeland because of war and conflicts, poverty and hunger, among others. In particular, we pray for the soul of 50 migrants who died after their boat run out of fuel and capsized off the Libyan coast.

Our loving God, we also pray for the pople of Mexico especially the victims of the recent earthquake. May those who lost their lives rest in peace, and those injured be healed and those who are grieving be comforted. We also pray for those affected by hurricane Maria in the Carribean and those affected by Hurricane Irma.
We also pray for Hong Kong, may the freedom of speech in and ourt of the academic institutions as well as its academic independence be protected and ensured. May the people of Hong Kong continue to practice their communication rights so they can freely express its belief and understanding.
We also pray for the soul of Lucy's father. May he find peace in the kingdom of God. We also pray for our sisters and brothers joining the boat ride today for their safety.
We also pray for the people and Churches of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.

O' God, you are worthy to receive honour and blessings and praise. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.

AMEN