prayer (Burma, Thailand)

posted by Kaihsu Tai on March 9th, 2008

Let us pray.

1

God, we thank you for the commandments
passed down to us in the Hebrew tradition,
in which Jesus was immersed.

Help us to be brought to you,
yet again to you,
yet closer to you,
when we hear the Shema:
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God! The Lord is One!”

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

2

God, we thank you for the message of the Cross
revealed to us by Jesus.
It is folly to the world, but
wisdom to you.
God, we would truly be desperate,
truly be without hope,
but for the Cross.

In this season of Lent, we are reminded
of the death of Jesus on the Cross,
and of his resurrection
on which we fix our eyes.
The witness of the apostles and the saints
assures us that
death is not the end.
And we shall soon be free
to proclaim the mystery of faith.

This liberates us
from the standards and the expectations
of this world,
so we can identify with the Poor
as you identify with us;
we can stand in solidarity with the marginalized
as you stand in solidarity with us.
God, we thank you for this.

Help us to be brought to you,
yet again to you,
yet closer to you,
whenever we see the Cross.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

3

This week, the ecumenical prayer cycle
of the World Council of Churches
asks us to pray for
Burma and Thailand.

God, we often think of Burma and Thailand
as faraway lands, sometimes in turmoil.
But we consider the people from around here
who travelled there
to teach, to learn,
to seek peace and relief,
over the decades and more recently
(perhaps on a holiday),
and we give thanks to you for them.

We then consider the people
from Burma and Thailand
who came here
to teach, to learn,
to seek peace and relief,
over the decades and more recently,
and we give thanks to you for them.
In particular we think of
Aung San Suu Kyi, who studied in this city.
We give thanks to you for them.

We pray for the peoples of faith,
including the Buddhist monks in Burma,
and the Muslim militants in the south of Thailand,
who feel they need to resist evil.
We pray for our Christian sisters and brothers
in these two countries,
especially for the Karen people.

We pray for the recent Senate elections in Thailand,
whose results are expected today.
We pray for Tatmadaw the military of Myanmar
and the Royal Thai Armed Forces.
We pray for all individuals struggling with their conscience,
with the demands of their families and communities.

We pray for ourselves,
as we hear the news from these countries
and wonder what our response should be.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

4

God, we thank you for the Wessex Synod meeting
in Hythe last weekend.
Our Synod prayer calendar asks us to pray this week
for Trinity Church in Bournemouth,
the church in Fleet,
and our immediate neighbour the church in Windsor.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God, finally we pray for ourselves
here in Cumnor and Saint Columba’s.
As we schedule meetings to discuss and make decisions for
the next stage of our ministry.
Holy Spirit, come fill us with your wisdom.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ,
in whom all things hold together.
Amen.

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