Prayers for the people

29 April 2018

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 29 April, 2018
Prepared and led by Robert Lam


We thank you for your presence with us at church this morning and for your abiding presence in our divided and troubled world.  

We pray this morning for all who work for a living:

We give thanks to the various legislations in Hong Kong on minimum wage, on equal opportunities and on provision of provident fund.  

We pray that this administration will have the strength and commitment to address an early end to the offsetting of MPF, to a revision of the minimum wage in line with rising living standards and to allow domestic workers to live separately from their employers.  

We give thanks to the #MeToo movement in many parts of the world exposing sexual harassment at the workplace. We give thanks to these victims for their courage to speak out shaming those who perpetrate or allow this to happen.  We pray for a safer work environment here in Hong Kong.  

We pray for the domestic workers in our community who have contributed to our prosperity.  We pray for their well-being, free from abuse.  

We pray for ourselves, as employers and as salaried staff.  Lord, help us to be committed followers of your Word, to care for those around us, to allow each to find joy and satisfaction in their work.  

We pray particularly for working parents, dividing their time for work and for attending to the educational needs and well-being of their children. Lord, we ask that you give them strength, wisdom and joy remembering that children are your blessing to them. 

We also pray for the migrant workers in China, for parents who have left their rural villages to work in urban cities; For their children who are being looked after by others.  Lord, we read of the many hardships, sufferings and problems due to this situation.  

In your mercy, we ask for your added wisdom to these parents in able to communicate with their offsprings, and to offer parental help and advice to their children. 

We pray all these in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who taught us to say:

Our Father who art 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. 
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours

Now and Forever AMEN.  

22 April 2018

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 22 April, 2018
Prepared and led by Ramon Bultron


God of love and compassion, by your spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified. Receive our prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in our vocation and ministry, we may truly and reverently serve you well.

O God, we thank you for our life, dignity and 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.

We sincerely pray for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, prisoners, people who are displaced, the unemployed and those in need.

Our beloved Father, grant that the promised day may soon come when peace, love and compassion, shall again light all lamps that wars and conflicts have extinguished; when all wanderers and displaced can return to their homes; when all of us may be united in our quest of building a community of genuine love and just peace.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among us that love and peace are fruits of righteousness.

We pray to you our heavenly Father for the people of Syria as the United States, France and United Kingdom recently launched punitive military actions against Syrian military installations as a response to alleged chemical attacks in Douma. May God comfort those who lost their loved ones, homes and livelihood. May the conflict in Syria and the rest of the Middle East region be resolved through peaceful means and stability be restored.

As we celebrate today, the World Earth Day, we pray that governments at national and international levels will work seriously to address the causes of environmental crisis of climate change and global warming.

Our loving God of peace and compassion, we pray for all the victims of human trafficking and those who are forced into prostitution. May the Holy Spirit bless them as well as the authorities that they will be strengthened in their fight against organized crimes such as the recent event that happened in Germany.

We also pray that the Hong Kong government will accept the need to approved legislation that will prohibit and make illegal all forms of human trafficking.

We pray that churches in Hong Kong acknowledge and address sexual harassment seriously within the church community and to make relevant policy to handle and prevent this kind of problem from happening. We also pray for the healing of the victims and may justice reign.

We also pray for the Philippines who are in the midst of political and economic uncertainties.  May your love and blessings shine upon the Filipino people, so we can free our hearts from hatred and greed that results in disunities and conflicts. Replace it with genuine love, forgiveness and just peace.

We also praise to your glory and we ask for your blessings to KUC’s mission partners and in particular the UCCP-Tondo and UCCP YAP Just projects. Our Almighty, KUC is responding to your call in loving our neighbors and this is how we practice and spread our love in the Asia region through our humble means.

We also pray for migrants and refugees who are forced to flee from their homeland because of war and conflicts, poverty and hunger, among others.

We also pray for Hong Kong, may the government address the basic needs of its people like housing and may the government address the alarming trends of reduced housing spaces and not to give in to the interest of developers.

We pray for the soul of brother Luciano who passed away recently because of heart failure. May his soul rest in peace and his family back in Colombia be comforted by God in this time of loss.

We pray to you O God and we ask your blessings for Joseph, Charleen, and their daughter Mikela for the new family member. We thank God for baby Joseph, Jr. and may he grow healthy and strong in a loving family. We also pray for our four pregnant sisters in the Church. We pray for their safe delivery and healthy babies. May God bless them and keep them in good health and spirit.

We also pray for the people and Churches of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. We pray for greater respect for the human rights of all the peoples living in these countries, and just changes for those living in situations of poverty and discrimination.

O God, you are worthy to receive honour and blessings and praise. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.

15 April 2018

Prayer of Intercession
Sunday, 15 April, 2018
Wai Ji Sunday
Prepared and led by Peter Leung

Let’s pray.
Father O mighty God, we give you thanks.
We give thanks for your love and sending your only son Jesus to this world and teaching us “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Father, we pray for Wai Ji Christian Service and people with disabilities.
We give thanks to God for the development of Wai Ji Christian Service and for its dedicated staff / volunteers and the continued support from their parents.
We are so blessed to have a new service unit launched in Shui Chuen O, Tai Wai by the end of this year to serve more service users.
At the same time, we are also facing a number of challenges including the aging of our clients, the new service licensing requirements from social welfare department, the hardware upgrade for our units, and shortfall of front line staff as well as management team. May God continue to bless the organization and give strength to the workers as well as the management team to serve with love and joy.
May God give your guidance and lead Wai Ji to continue provide quality services that manifest God’s mercy and kindness to people with intellectual and other disabilities.

Father, we pray for the peace of our world.
On Saturday, the U.S. military conducted missile strikes against the Syrian government, due to the use of the prohibited chemicals against its citizens.
Father, you teach us “to love your neighbor as yourself”, you also told us
"Be angry, and don't sin." Don't let the sun go down on your wrath.
May your holy spirit guide the world leaders and give them wisdom so that we can live in a world with love and care.

Father we pray for our congregation and our church leaders
We pray for our brother and sisters who are suffering from illness and not able to join us today. May God give them hope and strength for recovery.
We also pray for the new born baby of our church members. Thank you God for all things have been in your gracious hands. We pray for the health and growth of the baby.
We pray for our church leaders and the coming AGM at KUC.
May God and your holy spirit be with us and continue to prepare members to serve as Council members and leaders of the church.
All this we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

我們感謝你賜比我們的愛,並把你唯一的兒子耶穌帶到這個世界,教導我們彼此相愛。 因為我愛你們,所以你們必須彼此相愛。

我們感謝天父上帝, 你引領基督教懷智務處有著持續的發展, 有一班無私奉獻的員工/義工; 以及服務使用者的父母的持續支持。
承蒙主的照顧, 我們很高興在今年年底在大圍水泉澳會推出新服務單位,服務更多使用者。
同時,我們也面臨著不同的挑戰, 如使用者老齡化,社會福利部署對新服務牌照的要求,單位硬件升級,前線員工和管理團隊人力不足等情況。願上帝繼續保守懷智,給力量予工作人員以及管理團隊,令我們能夠以愛和喜樂去服務。


我們為今天因疾病未能出席崇拜的兄弟姐妹禱告。 願上帝賜予他們力量和希望, 使他們能盡早康復。

我們也為我們教會成員的新生嬰兒禱告。 感謝上帝,所有的事情都在你的親切的手中。 我們為寶寶的健康和成長祈禱。

我們為教會的領袖, 牧師和即將要舉行週年大會禱告。
願上帝和你的聖靈與我們同在,替我們挑選合適的理事會成員, 擔任理事會成員和教會的領袖。


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.

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.”