Creator of the Promise
Around us, above us, beneath us lies the confirmation of what You have given us:
Earth spins on her axis;
Day transforms into night;
Seasons birth their designated changes
and populations progress, inch by inch.
We are blessed to live in the light, but for some places in the world, there is only enduring darkness.
The Syrian people in Idlib province live under the menacing shadow of war—a war that has lasted for 8 years, 10 months and 4 weeks to date. Russian-backed Syrian government forces have layered communities in the grit and rubble of bombs, intending to fight “terrorism.” The citizens access to food and water has been cut off. Hospitals are regularly demolished. Babies die in their mothers arms. It is hard to stir down a sense of helplessness and anger toward a leader who would have his own people killed. God of all humanity, we pray for an end to this madness.
We give thanks to the caregivers who work to contain the spread of the corona virus, and treat those who are affected by it. We pray for the families who have lost loved ones to this virus.
We pray that the Holy Spirit might work to open the hearts of those in the U.S. Administration who claim to have a deep and abiding faith. We hope that they will reverse their present course and follow the lessons that Jesus taught when making decisions that affect the nation and beyond.
We keep the people of Australia in our hearts and pray that the recent rains will slow the wildfires.
In the World Prayer Cycle we pray for France, Germany and Monaco. We give thanks for their historic and cultural legacies and their friendships with one another. We pray that they will work to overcome the fears that remain from the past and the fears of terrorism.
We pray that churches and governments will effectively counter anti-immigrant sentiments; for economic decisions that are accountable.
In the Pacific Mountain Region, we pray for the Amazing Grace ministry in Surrey; for the life and work of Reverend Bowyer and Reverend Austin; and for all who come to this building to gather, to learn, to cook, to pray, to take shelter in a safe place.
Many around us are in need of a holy touch this day. We name them with our voices, or in the quiet of our hearts………
Spirit of Compassion,
In this moment we appeal to you to be the light for:
the confused, the lonely
the sickthe flat broke, the desperate
the ones without a purpose.
We ask in the name of the Holy One, who taught us this prayer, “Our Father…
LS Feb 2020