Prayers for the people

20 October 2010

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 17 October, 2010

Sunita Suna

Our God of Peace and Justice, you have called us to wholeness; to celebrate the fullness of life, inspire us with the Holy Spirit and lead us with your divine wisdom as we continue our ministry for your glory. God as we gather here as a community, we collectively uphold our prayers for the people who are suffering in different parts of the world.

For the World

God we continue to pray and uphold those millions of people who are suffering from abject poverty. Today the world observes the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let this day be observed not just as symbolic, but help us to affirm this day to commit ourselves for the cause. God we seek your interventions in the lives of the decision makers, guide them with your wisdom, to create a just system where everyone enjoy the resources and experience the dignity of life.

God we specially uphold those innocent women and children in the D.R.Congo, who are experiencing sexual violence during the war who are fighting to control the resources in this region. We pray for your healing touch to overcome from their trauma and seek peace and justice for the people in Congo.

God we thank you that you heard our prayers and helped the rescue workers to save the lives of 33 miners in Chile, now we pray for the 16 miners who are missing in Henan province, China. Console the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones who were killed by the gas leak. We pray for all the governmental officials and authorities around the world to take extra measures to ensure the safety of the workers who are working in the high risk industries.

For China/Hong Kong

God we thank you for Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia who have dedicated their lives to restore democracy in China. We join in the celebration with the community as he is awarded Nobel Peace Prize for his work. We seek justice and freedom for Liu Xiaobo and other activists who are imprisoned in China. May the Chinese government recognize their noble work and release them at the earliest. We pray for a democratic China where every one experience human rights and freedom.

God, we pray for a caring community in Hong Kong where people help and embrace one another based on love and respect. May the government rule the community with compassionate justice, to provide housing and medical care to all the needy.

For Our Congregation

God we thank you for Oscar, his dedication and commitment to the KUC. We pray for him as he is preparing to leave for Beijing to work. Be with him and guide him during his stay in Beijing. Also help us to find another committed person to continue the work in KUC.

God we pray for Helen Tan, who will undergo a knee surgery on October 26. Please give your healing touch during the process and we pray for her speedy recovery. God we uphold Rose Chue and her family members as they grieve for Joyce Chue, console the bereaved family and give them the much needed strength at this time of hour.
We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ - the Lord, and liberator….

04 October 2010

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 26 September, 2010

Sunita Suna

For the World

· God of peace and justice, sustainer and giver of life, you have called us to wholeness; to the fullness of life, but, as we gather here, we are conscious of our brokenness both as persons and as communities. We have heard the cries for justice and peace from all the corners of the earth.

· God today as we gather here in your name, we collectively uphold the people across the globe who are experiencing utter poverty because of the unjust system and the unequal distribution of resources. God we believe that you work through people and community – we pray for the leaders of all the countries, in the United Nations, who are in the political power and who are responsible to end poverty. We pray that they may actively and honestly engage in changing the behavior of greed, and change the unjust system in order to protect life, so that everyone can live in dignity.

· God we uphold the Roma people who are being forcibly deported by the French government. We pray for the leaders and decision makers to think and decide not merely on the basis of legal requirements rather we pray that the countries of the world go further, and develop concern, love, respect for people and embrace differences.

· God the ongoing tension between Jerusalem and Palestine, and in the Indian occupied Kashmir is turning more violent. We pray for the innocent people who pay the price of the political struggles, and for leaders, especially religious leaders, to affirm life and renounce bloodshed

· God we continue to pray for the 33 lives of the Chilean miners who are trapped in the deep mine, give them the much needed strength at this time of hour. We also pray for the rescue workers as they untiringly working to rescue them.

Hong Kong/ China

· God we uphold the people in Hong Kong who are living in abject poverty in the midst of prosperity. We seek your wisdom and guidance for the leaders in the decision making bodies to create a more just system and equally distribute the resources to minimize the disparity between the rich and the poor. Let the government prioritize the need of these people so everyone can be benefited of the growing economy of Hong Kong and experience the dignity of life.

· God we pray for the people and leaders of China and Japan to solve the on-going tension peacefully over the territory disputes.

For the Congregation

· God, we continue to seek your guidance and wisdom for the renovation plan and use of space at No. 2 Jordan Road. We ask for your help to find alternative space for the people who are engaged in restoring peace and justice in our community during this renovations process.

· God we thank you for guiding us to create the space for the African brothers and sisters to be engaged through the Asylum Seekers Ministry. Let the Holy Spirit lead the ministry and inspire the African brothers and sisters to continue in promoting racial harmony in Hong Kong

· In the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we remember the people and churches of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ - the Lord, and liberator…. Let us continue to say the Lord’s prayer together in our own languages…..

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 5 September, 2010
Ramon Bultron

O God, in you we live and move and have our being. You have blessed us with the gift of life and a world to live in. In you we are blessed and we offer praise and thanks. Empower and strengthen the witness of your church throughout the world, that true to its calling it may embody your radical and boundless love.

You are the Source of our life, O God. You have adopted us in the waters of baptism and made us your own in love. May we embrace our lives and the lives of others with courage and compassion, unafraid of joy and pain, sickness and health. May your care be made known in our care.

O God, pray for the soul of 72 migrant workers who were massacred in Mexico, may their soul rest in peace. We pray to stop the series of killings and we pray that justice reign in Mexico.

We pray for all the migrant workers who are suffering from abuses and exploitations. In particular, we pray for Ariyawathi, a woman from Sri Lanka, who was tortured by her Saudi employer and other migrants who are facing the same fate. May they find comfort and justice. We pray that they will be given genuine protection and fair treatment.

We pray for the 33 miners trapped more than 2,000 feet underground in Chile. May these miners continue to remain strong in mind and spirit and hope that that they can be rescued soon.

O’ God, remember the victims and families of the landslide in Yunnan province. May they find new light and new hope in life.

We pray that the ongoing peace initiatives between Israel and the Palestine will push through so that justice and peace will reign in the Middle East.

We pray for the immediate release of Xie Zhaoping and we pray for justice for all dissidents in the mainland.

We also pray for Maggie Mathieson who will start her studies and internship at the International Methodist Church. We pray for her success.

We also pray for the soul of Max’s mother who was laid to rest in peace last week in the United States.

For the renovation plan and use of space at No. 2 Jordan Road: We pray for your guidance and wisdom.

We pray for all the victims of Hurricane Earl and that they can find ways for their immediate recovery and that they will be back in normal lives soon.

We continue to pray for the people of Pakistan especially the victims of recent floods. Hope that those who are still waiting for relief will be provided with their immediate needs especially food and medicine. We pray that they will remain to be strong so that they can rebuild their shattered life.

We continue to pray for the families of the victims and survivors of the recent hostage crisis in Manila. We pray that justice be served.

We continue to pray for the immediate release of 43 health workers known as Morong 43 who were unjustly arrested and detained in the Philippines.

May those who govern the nations of the world use their authority with wisdom, kindness and peacefulness. Awaken in them a thirst for justice that embodies your care for this earth and for the human community. Rescue those who suffer poverty, injustice or oppression when they cry out. Open the ears of our hearts to hear and quicken in us the fire to respond in love. Grant comfort, healing and release to those who suffer illness, distress or grief. Awaken in us boundless compassion, and use us as agents of loving kindness.

In the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we pray for the people and churches of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia

We give thanks for the lives of all who have died. Keep us in the bonds of love with all the saints throughout the ages. In your love and compassion, hear the prayers of your people. Enliven us, by your Spirit, to live into the fullness of your reign. We pray through Jesus, our life and our hope.