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Prayers and vigils

Prayers for the refugee crisis

Points for prayer:

An Iraqi family Pray for those who have and are fleeing their homes into an uncertain future.



Pray for Christian Aid partners working in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.



Pray for Christian Aid’s ACT Alliance partners working in Greece, Hungary and Serbia.



Pray for those in authority to make wise, cooperative and compassionate decisions.



Pray for change and a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria.



Prayers:

'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' (Matthew 25, 37-41)

God of all, where are your children?

Let us see God’s children, who are far from home,

adrift in an open, overcrowded boat,

with no compass, no crew, no safety.



God of all, why is there crying?

Let us hear the cries of refugees and respond with love

to those whose escape from danger

leads only to a journey into danger.



God of all, who is praying?

Let us pray for the young lives being lost,

for the families who are broken apart,

asking for comfort and for justice.



God of all, who is answering?

Let us see that You are in the boat,

alongside the members of your family.

May we, who bear your name,

answer with compassion for you.

Amen.



Merciful God,

We pray for all whose desperation leads them to the sea,

to undertake perilous voyages,

often following dangerous journeys over land:

those escaping brutal wars,

those fleeing religious persecution,

those escaping climate disasters and economic ruin,

those looking for hope in a hopeless situation.

May we look beyond our own fears and concerns

to the needs of those who have nothing,

risk everything

and depend on the kindness of strangers.

May our hearts be opened,

our leaders be challenged

and our self-interest be called out,

in Jesus’ name.

Amen.



‘Deal with each other justly, do not oppress the refugee, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood. Journey in all the ways I command you, that all may go well with you.’ (Jeremiah 7, 6-7)

Lord of the journey,

We ask for your protection on all who have fled their homes.

Give them strength on their journeys and grant that they may

find places of compassion at which to rest.

Ease their fear as they throw in their lot with strangers

And keep alive their vision of finding a secure and welcoming home.

Amen.

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