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Refugee crisis church resources

Your church can make a real difference to people affected by the refugee crisis. Hold a collection or download worship resources below to use in a service.

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Please call 0870 078 7788 or email orders@christian-aid.org by 12 noon on the Thursday of the week you will hold the collection, to ensure the envelopes arrive in time.

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Receive envelopes so your church can hold a collection the same week an emergency appeal launches.

Worship resources

For use in your church or individually


Prayer points

  • Pray for those who have and are fleeing their homes into an uncertain future. 
  • Pray for Christian Aid partners working in Iraq and Lebanon. 
  • Pray for Christian Aid’s ACT Alliance partners working in Greece 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 and places around the world affected by conflict. 

Prayers for refugee week

Theme: Change the story

‘For the Lord your God…executes justice for the orphan and the widow,
and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing.
You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’

Deuteronomy 10:18-19


For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
the song of the ruthless was stilled.

Isaiah 25:4-5


 

Psalm 16 – Sunday, 26 June

Loving God,
protect all seeking refuge.
May the boundary lines be lifted
and fall once more in pleasant places.
Give fearful hearts reason to be glad,
weary souls cause to rejoice
and exhausted bodies a place to rest secure.
Lead us together on the path to life
as we share from your abundance
so all may know the fullness of joy.
Amen.

Christian Aid, 2016


When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?
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 25:38-40 


Lord, who changed the story
from stranger to sibling,
equip us to change the story.

From frustration to freedom,
for those stuck in refugee camps.

From panic to peace,
for those separated from families.

From trafficking to safe passage,
for those on perilous journeys.

From despair to hope,
for hearts weary with grief.

From worry to hospitality,
for minds uncertain of change.

From crisis to opportunity,
for countries providing a home.

From foreigner to family,
as we were welcomed by you.

May we never miss meeting your gaze,
in the eyes of our sibling, the stranger.
Amen.

Christian Aid, 2016


God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
provide for all seeking refuge from famine.
God of Hagar, Joseph and Moses,
liberate all seeking refuge from slavery.
God of Esther, Naomi and Ruth,
strengthen all seeking refuge as families. 
God of David, Elijah, and Jeremiah,
protect all seeking refuge from conflict.
God of Ezekiel, Ezra and Nehemiah,
comfort all who are longing for home.
God of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
journey with all seeking refuge today.
In the name of the One who was
both refuge and refugee.
Amen.

Christian Aid, 2016

 


 

Psalm 43:2,5

You are the God in whom we take refuge; 
yet many have been cast off,
cast into the depths of the sea.

You are the God in whom we take refuge;
yet many have had to walk so far,
mourning for family and longing for home.

You are the God in whom we take refuge;
yet many are oppressed by conflict,
refused safe passage and the refuge they need.

You are the God in whom we take refuge:
so to you we bring our downcast souls,
disquieted by questions, we refuse to be silent.

Be our hope and our help
as we seek to provide the answers
of welcome and hospitality for all.

You are the God in whom we take refuge.
Amen.

Christian Aid, 2016


Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’ 

Luke 10:36


Storytelling Lord, give us ears to hear,
and to not only be hearers but also doers of the word,

to not only ask who our neighbour is
but also ask how we might be a neighbour.

May we never ever pass by on the other side,
no matter what it costs us.

May we only ever be the one who shows mercy
to those robbed of all life held dear.

May we always go and do likewise.

So help us, God.
Amen.

Christian Aid, 2016


Litany for refugees

Leader: Lord Jesus, who fled the wrath of Herod.
All: Be with those who have to flee the injustice of others.
Leader: Lord Jesus, who had nowhere to lay your head.
All: Be with those who have no land to call their own.
Leader: For the refugees from Myanmar, Iraq and Afghanistan.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For people uprooted in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Colombia.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For refugees and displaced persons who have fled from Somalia, Eritrea and Libya.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Leader: For all refugees who have fled oppression in their own countries and are seeking new lives in new lands.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
All: Help us, Lord, to find room at the inn for those who are far from home. Amen.

Adapted from World Council of Churches Worship Resources, Focus on Refugee, 1981 in ‘Our hospitality both reflects and participates in God’s hospitality.’ - Minnesota Council of Churches


Litany for refugees II

Leader: God of Exiles, Shelter of the Homeless:
All: You welcome all into the arms of your love.
Leader: To all who wander, with no place to call home,
All: You offer shelter and rest.
Leader: To all who thirst;
All: You offer springs of living water.
Leader: To all who hunger, in body or spirit;
All: You offer bread, the fruit of the earth and the gift of human hands.
Leader: Your table is long and wide;
All: With room for all your children.
Leader: Many have shared with us the gift of hospitality;
All: Help us to go and do likewise.
Leader: And, most of all, O God our Creator;
All: We give you thanks that in You we find our home.

Adapted from 'Hospitality to the Uprooted,’ Interfaith Worship, November 1998 in ‘Our hospitality both reflects and participates in God’s hospitality.’ - Minnesota Council of Churches


We pray for all those who are uprooted,
who are hunted, who are fleeing for their lives,
and who so often find only closed borders,
closed doors, and closed faces.

We pray for the women and men,
the children and the elderly
who seek to find safety and solace
and who yearn to begin new lives.

We pray for those who pass by,
who would rather not hear the pleading
or see the fear or recognise
the human being in need of help.

Out of the depths we cry to you,
awaken in us all the potential
which may become your means
of answering the prayers of others.

O Lord, hear our prayer.
Amen.

Source: Adapted from ‘The Worship Book of the Global Ecumenical Consultation on Forced Displacement of People,’ Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1995 in ‘Our hospitality both reflects and participates in God’s hospitality.’ - Minnesota Council of Churches

 


Almighty and merciful God,
whose son became a refugee
and had no place to call his own.
Look with mercy on those who today
are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts,
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: ‘Hospitality to the Uprooted,’ Interfaith Worship, November 1998 in ‘Our hospitality both reflects and participates in God’s hospitality.- Minnesota Council of Churches


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