Prayers for the people

23 July 2010

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 18 July, 2010

Bruce Van Voorhis

God, our Creator, we thank you for the gift of a new day to be your children in this beautiful world with which you have blessed us and to be witnesses of your love.

God, our Sustainer, we thank you for giving us all we need to be whole human beings, for blessing us with your teachings through the gift of your Son and the scriptures, teachings that instill in us your values of love, compassion, justice and peace, values on which we can build the foundations of our relationships.

God, our Redeemer, we thank you for the gift of your presence among us, for being one with us, for showering us with the love of forgiveness when we ignore you and your teachings and your Creation, for blessing us with your unconditional love when our egos stand between our being and your being.

It is in this spirit that we offer up to you our Creator, our Sustainer, our Redeemer, the prayers of your people today for all of those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones, the loss of their homes and businesses, the loss of their livelihoods, in China and the Philippines after the recent devastating floods in these countries. Comfort the victims, Lord, and help them to rebuild their lives. Because this is only the beginning of our typhoon season, Lord, we know that there will be even more victims in the coming months. Thus, give us the wisdom and skills to be better prepared for future violent storms and to respond more rapidly to the needs of those affected by these natural disasters. Make us your hands in this world, Lord.

We also pray to you, Lord, for the victims of our own man-made disasters. We especially remember today the people of Kashmir as they once again return to the streets in large numbers seeking justice, their dignity, their rights. We ask for your wisdom to be with the leaders of Kashmir, of India, of Pakistan, to find a just solution for the grievances, the hardships and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people through a peaceful process. Make us your hands in this world, Lord.

We offer as well our prayers to you, Lord, for the workers of China, especially those who are now striking to more equally divide the immense wealth their labor has helped to create in the past few decades during China’s rapid development. May your wisdom and justice once again prevail, Lord, so that those who labor so long for so little can enjoy a better life. Make us your hands in this world, Lord.

For workers in Hong Kong, our hearts are full of joy this morning that the government and legislature have finally enacted legislation for a minimum wage. We pray that in the months ahead a just minimum wage will be set that permits our workers who work the most for the least, like those in China, will receive a wage that allows them to support themselves and their families comfortably without working such long hours. While we rejoice that a minimum wage law has now been passed in Hong Kong, we are saddened though, Lord, that our domestic workers, who contribute so much to our economy, were not included in this legislation. May the community soon come to realize and appreciate their contributions and their sacrifices of living so far away for so long from their families in a foreign land, sacrifices that make the lives of our families better. May these sacrifices and contributions, Lord, be financially rewarded through their inclusion in the minimum wage legislation in the future. Make us your hands in this world, Lord.

As we lift up to you, Lord, prayers for the workers of China and Hong Kong, we also remember the people of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico in the ecumenical prayer cycle today with other Christians around the world. We especially pray today for the working poor of these lands and for those who have known the injustice of human rights violations. Make your churches in these countries a beacon of hope and of justice for those who see little hope and who know only injustice. Make us your hands in this world, Lord.

In our own Christian family, we remember those who are ill or who are facing long-term health concerns. We especially lift up prayers for Helen Tan, who was hospitalized on Friday evening, and the Rev. Tan Chi Kiong. May your healing and comforting presence be with them and fill their lives. We also offer prayers of thanksgiving for our Asylum-Seeker Ministry and Peacemaking Program in the community and the leadership of Roy and Mei-mei in this work. May your love and wisdom continue to guide them. While we give thanks for the joy, energy and commitment that our African brothers contribute to this ministry, we also pray that their dreams and hopes to be resettled in another land where they can begin a new life will soon come to pass. Make us your hands in this world, Lord.

To our Creator, our Sustainer and our Redeemer, we offer these prayers this morning. Amen.

08 July 2010

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 13 June 2010

Roy Chenyi Njuabe

Oh Lord we pray and ask for your forgiveness for the times we fail to offer hospitality to those in our world who suffer injustice, oppression, and poverty. For the times we lack courage to address the causes of injustice, oppression and poverty in our society, for the times we allow our fears to triumph over the call to solidarity to those in need of our help. Merciful God, receive our petitions. Heal the brokenness in our hearts and in our World caused by injustice, indifference, selfishness and fear. Open our hearts to hear the cries of your suffering people. Support us as we seek to respond in solidarity and with hospitality. Amen.

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 23 May 2010

Abraham Nangia Orume

Almighty God:
.Lord we thank you for this wonderful opportunity given to us to seek your face and pray this Sunday. Lord we pray for those who are deprived of from such a previllegeprivilege. May you open the doors for them to worship you freely.

As we celebrate and bear in mind that today isremember Pentecost Sunday today, a day in which the Holy Spirit came down to the disciples. M may the Holy Spirit help us to strengthen our lives and expose us to the bright light of Jesus Christ

Lord, we pray and seek your influence in the searchface for a durable solution in Thailand, Iraq, Middle East, and all places where there is unrest. Lord you are the source of peace and freedom. Could you please listen to our request and grant it.

God of peace love and justice. We pray for a more transparent world and also more accountability onies of the part of leaders of the world serving your people, let your power overshadow these leaders so that they can served your people better.

We remember the vulnerable in our communities, expecially persons who are victims of injustice. May you console them and bring justice to those abusing them.

We pray for unity and better understanding in the entire universe. May individuals see each other like a friend/brother/sister/ so that we can lieave in harmony. We pray for Cameroon as its peoplethey celebrated the thirty-eight38 years of unity. M, may the conditions and agreement which was made on 20 Mmay 1972 come to reality.

Lord God you gave us this world to enjoy but we are instead destroying it. May you teach us to be more aware about the danger of pollution and climate change, and to care for our mother earth.

We pray for KUC as a church and congregation in Hong Kongk, May you use KUC as a tool to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to the world

We remember those who are sick and not feeling well. W, we especially remember Rev. Tan, and Dr Helen Tang, a. And all those whomat we have in mind. You are the source of healing. Could you please touch them with your miraculous power so that they can be health to praise your name

We remember the people of India, especially thewhen 158 people who died yesterday in a plane crash. M, may god sendt His spirit to the affected families and bring comfort to the nation.

We pray for all human right activists in the world. May the blessings of God be with them as they struggle with justice and better ways of living for all.

In the ecumenical prayer cycle, we pray for the people and churches of Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Above all lord, sendt your holy spirit to every body so that therey can be understanding and fair treatment of one another, in Jesus name, Amen