Prayers for the people

18 March 2018

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Judy Chan

With all our heart and mind let us pray to the Lord. After the petition, I will say “Lord in your mercy,” please respond "Hear our prayer". 

(For the world)
Guide all those who are called to lead and advocate in the world. We especially remember courageous defenders of human rights, such as Marielle Franco who along with her driver were assassinated in Brazil last week. May her fight for economic equality and against police brutality continue through the hearts and hands of others. We pray for the protection of the tens of thousands of human rights advocates all over the world, including those close to home in China and the Philippines. Let us not forget their sacrifice that we might have freedom and justice in our time.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Inspire our leaders, teachers, students, doctors, patients, social workers and clients to be bringers of hope in all situations. We applaud the determination of American young people to change the culture of relentless gun violence in the U.S. Through protests, walk-outs, social media and lobbying, they are channels of your peace.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Protect all those who carry peace to other nations. Bless the diplomacy, food, care and shelter they provide. We lift up those killed in recent airstrikes in Syria, and the 60,000 more who were forced to flee in the country’s on-going civil war. We pray that the world will finally wake up and respond in word and deed to this grave humanitarian crisis.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
(For Hong Kong)
Strengthen and encourage all those who seek to serve our city and nation. We are grateful for those who run for office, whether they win or lose, in order to give the people a choice about their leaders and the future of Hong Kong. Bless all with wisdom and courage to seek the welfare of the city in which you have placed us.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer. 

(For the Church)
Inspire all who lead and serve in Kowloon Union Church. May they know your guidance and direction. Help us to be patient and forgiving of those we encounter. Show us how to serve one another, to offer love, care and support.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer. 

(For those in need)
Comfort those who live with grief. Help them see the light of heaven. Embrace those in pain and physical suffering. May they feel you close to them. Watch over those who are isolated and lonely. Calm their fears and lead them into friendship and community.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Finally, in the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we pray for the people and churches of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
May they have peaceful relations with their neighbors and among all ethnic groups. Bring about just economic development and good governance for the well-being of all their citizens and those who live and work abroad.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

O God, accept these prayers we pray in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 

11 March 2018

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 11 March 2018
Justine Wong

Adapted from “Prayer To Be Kept in God's Love In Difficult Times”.  

Sisters and brothers, on this fourth Sunday of Lent, let us claim the signs of God promise: the steadfast love of God. As we know we are loved by God, let us share this love and pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need. After each petition let us end with, “Lord, through your promise,” please join me in saying, “hear our prayer.” Let’s pray.
Heavenly Father, we live in a world where the security we once seemed to enjoy has been eroded right away, and so many dark clouds of unknowing seemed to be looming on the future's unpredictable horizon. But Lord we praise Your name that we can entrust our future in Your safe-keeping, knowing that Your love surrounds us and that Your grace is sufficient, no matter how dark the circumstances of life may appear. Thank You Lord that You hold the world in the palm of Your hand, and nothing can separate us from your everlasting steadfast love. 

Lord of justice, we uphold the Legco by-election today. Pray that the election process will be smooth and just, and may candidates who truly care about people and the city be elected and properly represent the people. Lord through your promise, hear our prayer.

God of hope, we pray for long lasting peace in the two Koreas as their national leaders held a landmark meeting in Pyongyang earlier this week. May the tensions in the region be resolved by dialogue with mutual respect and understanding. Lord through your promise, hear our prayer.

Healing God, we remember that many women and girls are still suffering from various kinds of discrimination and violation of rights in the world. As we just celebrated the International Women’s Day this week, may we continue to pray for more equal, just and compassionate communities where women and men can live in harmony and contribute their gifts to build a more equal and life-sustaining world. Lord through your promise, hear our prayer.

Gracious God, we pray for the people and Christians in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. We remember the poor and marginalized who struggle in these rich countries, and for those who are affluent that they will contribute to making the world and their societies more just for all. Lord through your promise, hear our prayer.

Dear Lord, thank You that we are accepted in Your love. May we learn day by day to prevent our eyes from focussing on the trials and tribulations that are coming on the earth - and rather help us to look to Jesus, knowing that in all things He is the victor - and we are securely positioned in Him...Thank You in Jesus name, Amen.

Let us all pray the Lord’s prayer. Feel free to pray in your own language.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.