Prayer

Prayers In A Time of Conflict

Prayers In A Time of Conflict

The URC has offered this prayer following the outbreak of hostilities in Israel and Palestine:

You Shall Not Kill

O Lord,
we hear the news and don’t know what to say,
we see those scenes of violence and don’t know how to pray;
we read of people fighting over the Land and know it was ever thus.

We see the surprise and shock,
hear the cries for revenge,
taste the violence begetting more pain and sorrow,
and touch the bitterness of oppression and loss breeding yet more violence;
a vicious circle that destroys life and land leading to despair and hopelessness.

We hear of international outrage and messages of support,
but know there’s more to this complex story of land, justice, faith, security, and history
than can be encapsulated in easy sound bites.

We watch, listen, read, and try to pray but there are no words in us.

Lord, You told us not to kill;
a commandment venerated and wrestled with by Jews, Christians, and Muslims;
a hard commandment:
one we always want some wiggle room with
yet today we see Your children killing each other.

Violence
as a weapon of oppression,
purporting to be a weapon of protest,
seeking to be a bargaining chip
disfigures our humanity, distorts our perception, and disables our discipleship.

In these desperate times, Lord, give strength to those who work for peace:
diplomats and governments calling for restraint,
the Red Cross offering to visit all who are detained,
faith leaders proclaiming Your commandments in a world at war
and peace lovers praying for justice.

Bind up the broken hearted,
give grace to those seeking to end the spiral of violence,
grant wisdom to those seeking peaceful ways to resolve age old conflicts;
and give us the prayers, words, and perseverance needed
to make our discipleship, our efforts for peace and justice count.  Amen.

Other prayers from the URC may be found HERE.

 Embrace Middle East, an ecumenical Christian charity working for peace, have shared prayers for peace and de-escalation HERE

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, Current, Prayer, World Church
A Prayer for the King and Queen

A Prayer for the King and Queen

The United Reformed Church shared this prayer for the new King and Queen:

Eternal God,
You order and govern our world and all that is therein,
bless, we pray, Charles and Camilla
that they may feel your loving presence,
and fulfil faithfully the roles prescribed for them,
and that we may, in this kingdom, be better governed,
and always reminded of your eternal Kingdom which is to come. Amen.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, news, Prayer, Report
Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Members will have the opportunity to respond to the appeal for aid through the DEC appeal at church over the next few weeks.

Christian Aid has shared the following prayer:

God of time and space, we cry to you for your children – our neighbours – in southern Turkey and northern Syria, following the earthquake that has devastated hundreds of lives. Only they and you know what it is like to experience such trauma in the middle of the night. 

We give thanks for the aid that is already being given and for the promises of help that have been made by many nations. 

Comfort, we pray, 

   those who are trapped in collapsed buildings; 

   those who have lost loved ones; 

   those who wait for news and 

   those digging through rubble to save others. 

Grant the gift of hope so that those caught between life and death know that you are with them and that others are ready to support them as they seek a future that overshadows the experiences of today. 

We ask this in the Name of Jesus, who endured so much for love of them. 

Amen

Posted by gdjjennings in 2023, charity, news, Prayer, World Church
Prayers on the occasion of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Il

Prayers on the occasion of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Il

Almighty and Eternal God, we give you thanks and praise for the life and example of Her Majesty, Elizabeth. We give thanks for her devotion to the life of our nation, our commonwealth and our world. We give thanks for her wisdom, for her example of Christian faith and discipleship and for her dignity and integrity at all times and in all situations. We give thanks for her long and untiring service and for her example of duty and commitment.

Almighty and Eternal God, we commend her into your sure keeping, praying that she may now know your eternal love and peace. We pray for her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, for all the extended royal family as they mourn her loss and grieve for her passing. We pray that you will strengthen them and comfort them in these difficult days, as they prepare to honour very publicly one whom they have loved dearly and privately.

Almighty and Eternal God, we offer our prayers in this time of national transition, praying for those who must now step up and shoulder the burden of national leadership and in particular for he who now must serve as king. We pray that you will sustain and keep them in their new roles and grant them the wisdom and insight that will enable them to lead our nation in the ways of justice and peace. We offer all our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Redeemer. Amen.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, events, news, Prayer
URC Prayers for Ukraine

URC Prayers for Ukraine

The United Reformed Church has shared prayers for peace and for the peoples of Ukraine and Russia HERE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2022, Prayer
URC pandemic prayers

URC pandemic prayers

The URC is sharing prayers each week during this time of pandemic.

You may read the prayers by opening the links on THIS PAGE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Prayer
A prayer

A prayer

In his letter to members in our weekly eNewsletter, our minister included a prayer, having in mind all those who have lost loved ones unexpectedly, those who are in hospital, those recovering at home and those who are feeling anxious, lonely and afraid.

“Almighty and Eternal God, whose love and care is close to each one of us, especially in our time of need, we hold before you all who are desperately ill at this time, all in Intensive Care Units, all recovering on the wards, all at home having beaten the virus, but still sore and anxious. We pray for all those who are starting to feel ill and are desperately worried about what awaits them in the days ahead. In the name of Jesus, who brought healing to the sick and hope to the downhearted, we ask for your healing for all in need, for your patience, for your inner peace and your strength and encouragement, that they may be made well and returned to the love of their families.


Eternal God, we pray too for all those who have lost loved ones, who are facing the aching reality of deep grief and sorrow and who, at the moment, cannot honour their loved ones in the way they would wish. We pray that you will comfort them with the knowledge that their loved ones are in your eternal love and care; that you will bring them new hope and new possibilities and the determination just to carry on.

Eternal God, we pray for all those who are working day and night to nurse and to tend the sick. We give thanks for the skill and dedication of doctors, nurses, managers, cleaners, delivery drivers, engineers and designers, those in government and in positions of authority, all who are working so hard to develop and bring new ways of healing to those in greatest need. Please keep them safe when they are in harm’s way and strengthen and encourage them when they become tired and disillusioned.

Eternal God, above all, we pray that this current crisis will pass quickly and that a way can be found to beat it once and for all. We pray that you will watch over all our loved ones, wherever they are and that you will keep them safe and well. We pray that we may all be reunited in love and friendship very soon. We offer you our prayers, in the knowledge that it is impossible to pray earnestly and for nothing to happen. And to you, Eternal God, be all honour, glory and praise, now and for ever. Amen.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2020, Prayer