Prayers

Prayers for the people

08 April 2018

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 8 April, 2018
(Second Sunday of Easter)
Prepared and led by Edwina Antonio

As we celebrate the Second Week of Easter, we remember the early disciples of Jesus who are hiding themselves from the authorities that persecuted and crucified Jesus. Yet, when Jesus appears in the midst of his disciples their fear from the authorities and darkness were gone. They found the peace in proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus and following Jesus’ teachings and examples.

As we prepare ourselves for the people’s prayer let us remember the poor and powerless in many urban and rural communities who are living in fear, persecuted and oppressed by those in power. Let us pray for the church so that they find the courage to journey and stand in solidarity with these people and faithfully proclaim the liberating message of Jesus. In every prayer and petition may I invite you to respond with a song;
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God of life and history, we remember the horror and the groaning of 6 million Jews who died in Holocaust together with the homosexuals, members of Jehovah’s Witness and the Roma (gypsies) who are also persecuted and died during the darkest period of our history. Let this darkest year of history be a learning for every one of us, so that such horrors and complete disregard of person’s humanity should not be repeated in our present times and future. Moreover, may it be a challenge to every government to rectify such history by respecting the essence of being human particularly the humanity of the poor, the deprived and the oppressed.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God that give us the courage to proclaim the Good News to the poor, we stand in solidarity with the American people in commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr especially during this time where migrants, immigrants, people of color and marginalized sectors in US are experiencing racial discrimination, deportation, xenophobia and other forms of harassment under the Trump administration. Let the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. of equality for all be a moving message to fight all forms of racial discrimination, abuse, exploitation and all forms human rights violations.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God you promised us with abundant life, we firmly believe that it is not according to your will and purpose where China and the US are engaging in trade war for the sole purpose of advancing their imperialist agenda of taking control of the world resources at the expense of millions who are suffering from hunger, destitution and greed. Let this ongoing trade war between China and the US serve as a wake up call for many small, poor and developing countries of Asia and of the world like the Philippines to do the necessary solutions to minimize the economic impact of such war to the lives and livelihood of people in the communities especially the poor.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God that empowers the poor and powerless like the widow, women and other marginalized sectors. We rejoiced with Malala Yousafzai for her first homecoming since 9 October 2012. At the same time, we also pray and stand in solidarity with Ahed Tamimi and the many Palestinian children who are standing for justice and freedom. Let Malala Yousafzai, Ahed Tamimi and millions of women and children experience full respect of their human rights and dignity. Let us work for a community where children are given equal opportunities and where human rights, justice and peace prevail.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God that protects the community from all the dangers and harm. We pray for the ongoing construction of an artificial island at mega Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. Let the authority exercise full transparency of the on going construction that takes seriously the state of environment and the safety of the communities living nearby the ongoing construction.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God that empowers the people to speak the truth and strengthen their resolve to fight for justice and human rights. We remember Benny Tai Yiu-ting and the many human rights defenders in China and the Philippines who are being monitored, harassed and charged with trumped up charges while speaking the truth and standing up in solidarity with victims of extra-judicial killings and all forms of human rights violations. Let God who actively works in our midst protect them, provide comfort for their families and strengthen their resolve to continue their noble of fighting for freedom of speech, human rights, justice and peace.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God that provides sanctuary and refuge for the disposessed, exploited and neglected. We remember the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge that serves as a sanctuary and refuge for many distressed foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong in their struggle for survival and continuation of their ministry for migrants. Let God’s love and compassion for the distressed migrants work with people and organizations who are more than willing to give financial support for the Bethune House to continue its mission of providing shelter and empowering the distressed migrants in Hong Kong.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God the author of life. We remember our sisters who are about to give birth to their children. Let God’s comfort and healing be with our sisters during their pregnancy and especially while giving birth to their children.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God that give us wisdom and humility. We remember the students who are preparing for their examinations. Let God give wisdom to students so that they can pass the scheduled examination with humility and gratitude to their families, teachers and people who help them succed.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God that entrusted the Church with Jesus’ ministry of love, compassion and justice. We remember the upcoming Annual General Assembly of Kowloon Union Church. Let the AGM happens according to your will and purpose as we members and church workers of KUC listen to the reports, make actions and elect new leaders of the church council.
O Lord, hear our prayer
O Lord, hear our prayer
When we call, answer us

O God of all nations. We pray for the people and churches of Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. In one spirit, we pray for sustainable development in these countries. While the economy is developed to serve all people, we pray that adequate measures are installed to protect the environment and to end practices that may harm the air, soil and forests. We pray that people of different ethnicities live in harmony and peace. May the children receive adequate education, young people find decent jobs and elderly provided health care they need.  

As we conclude our prayer of the people. Let us all pray, the prayer that Jesus taught us. You may pray 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.


01 April 2018

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
(Easter Sunday)
Prepared and led by Joram H. Calimutan

Sisters and brothers, as we rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let this celebration brings us hope amidst hopelessness and light amidst immeasurable darkness. Indeed, Jesus is risen, his resurrection reminds every one of us that no amount of persecution, suffering and even death can hinder us to faithfully serve God by serving the people especially the poor, the deprived and the oppressed.

As we rejoice in Jesus’ victory over death and darkness, let us remember and pray for the church, the world, and for people who need God the most. After every prayer and petition, I will say, “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, and please join me in saying, “hear our prayer.”

God of assurance and healing, we remember in our prayer the families of 64 people, in which 41 of them are child victims of the deadly fire in a Russian shopping mall in city of Kemerevo and some 200 animals believed to have also died because of the incident. In the same manner, we also remember and pray for the 68 victims of fire at a police station in Valencia, Venezuela. We earnestly pray that the healing presence and assurance of God be with the victims and their families as they strive for justice and accountability and peaceful resolution of the incident. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.” 

God of peace and reconciliation, we remember in our prayer the people of North and South Korea and their quest for peace and unification. With their long history of struggle for peace and reconciliation despite the external threat and foreign intervention, the Korean people never get tired of dreaming for a unified Korea. May the upcoming North and South Korean summit leads to the fulfillment of their dream that there is no neither North nor South but one Korea. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”

God of wisdom and enlightenment, we remember in our prayer the situation of churches in China. Particularly the Roman Catholic Church, where Vincent Guo Xijin, Bishop of the Diocese of Mindong in the southern province of Fujian, has been released by the police after being held for a day. Bishop Xijin was at the centre of the controversial deal after being urged by the Vatican to step aside for a prelate recognized by China’s Communist government. Let us pray that the Vatican will make a wise and just decision to protect the churches and bishops in China. May the freedom of religion in China be realized and the faith of the people respected. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”

God that protects the poor and powerless, we remember in our prayer the leadership of the Hong Kong government. May the Hong Kong government through the leadership of Chief Executive Carrie Lam address the needs of the people by acknowledging the need of increasing the supply of public housing. Let us pray that the Hong Kong government will make concrete policies and measures to provide more affordable housing units for the people at the grassroots. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”

God of justice and peace, we remember in our prayer the struggle of Filipino people for just and lasting peace. Particularly, we pray for the human rights defenders in the Philippines for their commitment to advance and uphold the human rights of peasants, workers, indigenous people and other marginalized sectors in Philippine society. These human rights defenders are being ostracized, persecuted and put on the terror list of the Duterte government. We pray that the Duterte government ceases in harassing and persecuting them and takes a decisive action to address the root causes of poverty and social unrest of the Filipino people. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”

God of life and abundance, we remember in our prayer, our sisters who are pregnant and in the process of giving birth to their child. May the God of life and abundance, bless and keep them in good health and spirit especially during the hour of giving birth to their children. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”

God of wisdom and humility, we remember in our prayer, the students who are preparing for their examinations in the coming days. Grant them knowledge and wisdom for them to pass the scheduled examinations with humility and gratitude to you and to people who help them to succeed. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”

God who called us to be the church and entrusted with Jesus’ ministry, we remember in our prayer the upcoming Annual General Meeting of KUC in May. The congregation is once again will elect leaders of the Church Council who will be instrumental in charting the programs of the church based on Jesus’ ministry of justice, peace and reconciliation. Let us pray for God’s wisdom as we listen to the reports, make plans and select leaders of our church. May God’s will be fulfilled in every decision we make during the Annual General Meeting. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”


God of all nations, we pray for the people and churches of the Balkans. We continually pray for continuous healing of historic memories and pains that have been mutually inflicted, and that religion in these countries be an instrument of healing and reconciliation instead of bringing further separation and exploitation. “O God that gives us assurance of life after death”, “hear our prayer.”