Prayers for the people

24 May 2011

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 17 May, 2011
Necta Montes Rocas

Let us pray.

Our loving and gracious God, you are the life and light of this world, you gave us your son Jesus Christ, our savior and friend, so that we may live our lives to the fullest and share your abundant gifts with our brothers and sisters. We thank you for your love, guidance and the blessings that you give to each and everyone, as well as a community of faith. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to share and demonstrate your love, as we open our hearts and gracious spirit to be your witnesses, healers and bearers of hope in the midst of pains and suffering of your world.

This morning dear God, we come before you today to uplift in our prayers the special concern of your people.

God, we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who are marginalized and excluded in our communities. As we commemorate May 17, the International Day against Homophobia, we remember acquaintances, friends and family members of different sexual orientations who are discriminated and are deprived of their rights to live with dignity and fullness. God, they too are your children, created in your own likeness and image. We pray for an equal world where people demonstrate respect and tolerance to each other and people of different sexual orientations.

We pray for the people in Spain who have lost their life, loved ones, and homes in the recent earthquake. Give strength to the people who are risking their lives providing immediate rescue and relief work for the victims. Bring them hope through the concern and compassion of people from the different parts of the world.

We continue to pray for Justpeace in the Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan. We pray for the people suffering from violence and political unrest in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, and elsewhere in the world. We pray for the people were killed and injured in the suicide blasts that took place early Friday in Pakistan. Let peace, justice, reconciliation and respect for human lives reign in the hearts of the people in these countries.

As we remember this time the earthquake that devastated Schichuan province in China three years ago, we remember in our prayer those who continue to mourn and feel the pain for the death of their loved ones. We pray that the government and community leaders commit themselves to genuine policies and measures to reduce the human-made disasters brought forth by corruption.

In our congregation dear God, we pray for your grace and healing spirit to touch the lives of our beloved elders in the church. We continue to pray for the continuing recovery of Helen Tan, Bishop and Mrs. Samuel, the Rev. and Mrs. Tan. May their health and spirit be restored and strengthened by your love.

We continue to pray and seek your guidance for the renovation of the manse at No. 2 Jordan Road. May all the current licensees have smooth transition as they move to their temporary shelters and adjust to the new this new situation. We also pray for the Project No. 2 working group, bless them with your wisdom and strength as they perform an important role in the ministry of KUC.

In the ecumenical prayer cycle, we pray for the people and churches in Malawi and Zambia.

All these we ask in the name of your son Jesus Christ, our liberator and friend, Amen.

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

Lucia Wah

Dear Lord, we give you thanks this morning for your gathering us before you and listening to your word. We thank you for your promise that you hear us when we ask in your Son’s name and you will be in our midst.

We pray for friends and people in Japan who have been devastated from the triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent radiation from the nuclear plants. Dear Lord, may your gracious love comfort them, grant them hope and peace, give them courage and strength to withstand difficulties and sufferings in life. Please console those who have lost their loved ones and all their properties. Dear Lord, please bless those who have sacrificed their lives to save others since the disasters. Please help the Japanese to transform their fear and despair into faith, hope and peace in you. Please curb the massive dangers to the ecology and remove the threats to human lives as the failure of the nuclear power system deteriorates. Please arouse international concern for the increasing use of nuclear power and alert the doubts of building more nuclear plants. Dear Lord, please give a hand to the relief workers and may your name be glorified and your love be recognized by non-believers in Japan and in the world.

We pray for your intervention to the internal war due to insurrection in Libya. We hope for an immediate end to destructions to lives and the sufferings of Libyans. Please restore the country with your righteousness and justice.

Dear Lord, please let your will be fulfilled in the chaotic areas such as Africa and the Middle-east. Please help those who struggle for democracy, freedom and human rights.

Dear Lord, we ask for your help to the victims of earthquake in Yunnan so that they will soon rebuild and restore their homes and normal life.

In the ecumenical cycle of prayer, we remember the people and churches in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. We pray that you will continue to bless their efforts in spreading your gospels and bearing witness to your love and care.

We pray for the renovation project at the Manse 2 of KUC: Lord please grant the working group wisdom and strength to accomplish the project according to your will.
We also pray for your preparing sisters and brothers who can lead and serve the congregation as Councils and especially, the treasurer.

We remember those who cannot be with us this morning because of ill health. God, we remember before you our seniors, Rev. Tan, Helen Tan , Bishop Samuel and Mrs Samuel. We ask for your continual presence, joy and peace with them.

Say together The Lord’s Prayer.