Prayers (freegans)

posted by Kaihsu Tai on November 23rd, 2008

Will you pray with me?
Let us pray.

1

God, we pray for the world.

The prayer cycle of the World Council of Churches
reminds us to pray today for the peoples of
Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.

We thank you for
the freedom for Christians to worship in Mauritania
even though it is an Islamic country.
We thank you for
those who depend on nomadic ways of life and
continue to retain their ethnic heritage.
We thank you for
those who plant trees to counter the spread of the desert.

We pray for stability in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.
We pray for an end to slavery in Mauritania.
We pray for an end to civil war in Chad.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

2

We also continue to pray for
the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
with violence surging in its eastern region.
This week, the United Reformed Church,
along with many other campaigning organizations,
wrote an open letter to our Prime Minister about this.
We pray for MONUC,
the United Nations peacekeeping mission to that country.
We again pray for the people displaced from their homes
because of the conflict.
Help us to consider wisely about
what the European involvement in this situation should be,
given the historical context.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

3

God, closer to home,
we pray for those who deal with rubbish and recycling.
For the city workers, who collect and sort recyclables for us.
For the county council, and the companies
that are in charge of waste disposal.
For people who are homeless, who salvage out of necessity.
For the freegans, who salvage out of principle,
who cannot bear to see things go to waste.

We remember that Jesus said
‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.’
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.’

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

4

God, on this Sunday closest to
Universal Children’s Day,
we pray for all the children in the world.

God, we thank you for the care and love parents, carers, friends
– sometimes even strangers –
give to children.
We thank you for the social services and charities
that campaign for children.
We thank you for foster families and adoptive parents, and
those helping them to bring up children in loving homes.
We thank you for
the Pilots, the non-uniformed organization for children
supported by the United Reformed Church;
and for FURY, the Fellowship of United Reformed Youth,
which is the youth organization of our church.

We pray for
the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
We pray for
the Children Are Unbeatable Alliance,
supported by the United Reformed Church,
campaigning for a change in the law
to give children the same protection as adults.

This week, in this country,
we were confronted by the aftermath of child abuse,
and the distrust between the generations.
Help us to build a society
where the younger ones learn from
the wisdom, experience, and mistakes of the older;
where the older ones learn from
the innocence, hope, and creativity of the younger;
and where all live in mutual trust, care, and love.
Help us to learn to do this
from this church of ours,
and help us to extend it beyond our walls.

We remember that Jesus said,
‘Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me,
and whoever welcomes me
welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
Jesus said,
‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them;
for it is to such as these
that the kingdom of God belongs.
[…] whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child
will never enter it.’

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

5

God, we pray for the Church, which is the Body of Christ.

The Wessex Synod prayer handbook reminds us to pray today
for the congregations in Henley-on-Thames,
in Ferndown, and in East Howe near Bournemouth.

We pray for our moderators:
Carla, our minister, moderator of this congregation;
Adrian Bulley, Moderator of the Wessex Synod;
John Marsh, Moderator of the General Assembly; and
Clifton Kirkpatrick,
President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.

We pray for our bishops: Basil, John, and Vincent.
[John Pritchard, (Anglican) Bishop of Oxford;
Bishop Basil (Osborne) of Amphipolis in the Orthodox tradition;
Vincent Gerard Nichols, (Catholic) Bishop of Birmingham]

We pray for our general secretaries:
Wilson and Adrian, joint secretaries of this congregation;
Peter Pay, Clerk of the Wessex Synod;
Roberta Rominger of the United Reformed Church;
David Cornick of Churches Together in England;
Bob Fyffe of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland;
Colin Williams of the Conference of European Churches; and
Samuel Kobia of the World Council of Churches.

We thank you for their service
and pray that they help all of us make wise decisions.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

All these things we pray,
in the name of Jesus our Saviour,
Amen.

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One Comment

  1. On November 23, 2008 at 18:43 Mike said:

    Another prayer of wonderful and unexpected sentiments!