Prayers

Prayers for the people

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



23 July 2017

(The prayer was prepared by Paul Cheung for the Worship Service which was cancelled because of Typhoon No. 8 on Sunday, 23 July 2017.)

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 23 July, 2017
Paul Cheung

Dear Lord,

We come to you with faith and a humble heart.

We pray that the environmental problems caused by the increase of the mining of metals and rare earth elements. We pray that scientists and world leaders have the wisdom to deal with the issue of environmental crisis.

We remember the refugees around the world. May God grant them peace and hope when they are struggling in another country. We pray that the world and church can offer them warm hospitality and adequate support.

We pray for the health and freedom of Liu Xia, the wife of the late Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiao-bo. May God console her in this very difficult time.

We pray for the human rights lawyers and activists in Mainland China. May Lord bless them and be with them in their battle to fight for justice.

In the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we pray for the people and churches of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. We pray for the people who have been suffering in the armed conflicts and abuse of the ruling authorities. May God show mercy in these countries.

In  Hong Kong, we pray for the current political situation. In our prayer, we remember the impact brought about by the court's ruling that several directly elected legislators have been disqualified due to their way of taking the lawmakrer oaths. We pray that the government will respect the views of the public and will not use the courts as the means to eliminate opposition including the pro-democracy lawmakers and political dissidents. Dear Lord, we pray that people will not give up striving for democracy and justice in the face of adversity.

The summer holiday has begun. We pray that students can have a fruitful holiday. We pray for the graduates. May Lord give them guidance when they start a new chapter in their life journey.

We remember our friends who are sick, physically weak or recovering, and those who are unable to attend today's service.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our saviour. Amen.


Now let us say the Lord's Prayer together.

16 July 2017

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 16 July, 2017
Rey Asis

Lord God, Sower of Life, Ground for Our Being, Our Source of Light, Your Word is a lantern to our feet. You give us strength and we are empowered by Your love. We exalt Your name as we enliven Your commandments, practicing them to make Heaven on earth for people in need, our neighbors, our friends.

Grant us forgiveness, O God, as we falter in our ways. When our souls become the desert, unyielding and dry. When our hearts become the snow, cold and unrelenting. Shed light on our paths and cast away shadows of doubt. May we be sowers of Your word and love in this garden You have provided for us.

We include in our own prayers our leaders and all those who uphold justice, democracy and people’s welfare. Recent developments in Hong Kong have put Hong Kong’s rule of law at risk, threatening the people’s call for democracy. Dear God, may You sow seeds of kindness and truth in the hearts of those in power, divert them from thorns of hate so that they may put the interest of all ahead of their own.

We also pray for those who have been persecuted, those who have experienced injustice, especially the members of the LGBTQ community, migrants and refugees, the elderly. Keep them safe from harm, strengthen their will and be with them at all times. We pray for those who have passed, especially our dear friend Liu Xiaobo, may his courage and will be an inspiration for us as we hope to make arable this land for justice, acceptance, equality and reunification.

When thorns of want and pride choke our spirits, strengthen us. When natural and man-made disasters wear us down, be with us. When arid lands of apathy ground us, fill our hearts with Your love and will.

We pray for our Earth that is deserving of Your seeds of love. We pray for Hong Kong that it may be kept safe from all forms of harm. We pray for Kowloon Union Church, may we grow like a productive farmland, loving You and spreading Your Word. We pray for Fr. Naylor, Bishop and Mrs. Samuel, Constant, Kar Yu, Stella Chan and baby Nsoro Ihirwe Aela. We pray for the people and churches of Djibouti and Somalia.

There is no greater joy than to be with You at all times. Guide us to become fertile lands of Your Word. May our hands and hearts be like vines reaching out and spreading Your love. May we become trees, strong with Your spirit in us. Let us share the fruits of Your glory all around us.

All these we pray in the name of Your beloved son, Jesus Christ, Amen.


Let us all pray the Lord’s Prayer. 

09 July 2017

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 9 July, 2017
Edwina Antonio


O God, our creator, redeemer and sustainer, we collectively come to you to bring our concerns through prayer to our brothers and sisters, to your church and to the larger community whom you called us to bring witness to the liberating message of your Son Jesus Christ. 

We are concern and remember in our prayers our brothers and sisters who are sick and still recuperating. Touch and heal them O God as Jesus healed the sick, the leper, the blind, the deaf, the paralytic, the hemorrhage woman, the demon posses and all the downtrodden and marginalized during his time. Grant them the healing and full recovery of their mind, body and spirit so that they will continue to serve You and the people in the community.

We are concern and remember in our prayers our brothers and sisters who are victims of abuse, exploitation and all forms of human rights violations like the migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. Continue to empower us O God, so that through our expressions of love and compassion and acts of solidarity we may bring them hope amidst hopelessness, strength amidst despair.

We are concern and remember in our prayers the people of Marawi in Mindanao especially the thousands of victims who are in many evacuation areas experiencing hunger, despair and sickness. Let the bombing of the Marawi City be stopped and the Philippines find a just resolution to the problem besetting the people in Mindanao. We pray for peace based on justice to prevail in Mindanao and the whole country.

We are concern and remember in our prayers the people of Leyte in the Philippines who were recently struck by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. We pray that the Philippine make a decisive relief and rehabilitation efforts to attend to the needs of people of the community who are affected by the earthquake. May the actions of people in the government and private sectors be an expression of love and compassion to the affected communities for them to rebuild what had been damaged.

We are concern and remember in our prayers that the newly installed chief executive of Hong Kong may bring genuine reforms to the people in Hong Kong may they be local residents, permanent residents, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers etc. May the newly installed chief executive in Hong Kong genuinely resolve the widening gap between the rich and the poor and further develop a comprehensive public service that upholds the human rights and dignity of people regardless of their nationality, gender, age and social status.

In ecumenical prayer we pray for churches and communities Eritrea and Ethiopia. Let the prayer of Jesus’ ‘that they all may be one’ inspires every church to work for unity and common witness to realize God’s kingdom here on earth wherein justice, love, compassion, peace and abundant life prevails.

As we end our prayer of the people let us pray Jesus prayer. You may say it in your own language.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen