2 November (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
'Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.' (Psalms 107:6)
'I can't go on.
'I miss her so much.
I don't see the point in getting up.
We used to do everything together,
we were best friends really.
I don't know what to do without her.
I'm not hungry, I can't sleep,
but I can't get on with things.
I just feel empty and lonely,
where's the life in that?'
We pray for all who grieve the loss of loved ones.
Lead them through the desert of despair
to springs of living water.
Revive their souls within them
and restore them to new life and hope.
9 November (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)
'Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me!' (Psalms 70:1)
'I can’t go on.
'My husband is dead. My home is destroyed.
My children are hungry, and we are scared,
we sit here at the border and wait.
The soldiers will not let us pass.
They hate us, they laugh at us,
and winter is coming.
No one will help us, where can we go?
I must not give up
but there seems no way on.'
we pray for those escaping war and seeking refuge;
those who have to cross borders into exile,
those who have to live in camps
or among the ruins of their homes,
those who have lost everything:
in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza.
May we who live in safety and comfort
turn away from our shame
and reach out to your children
suffering the terrible consequences of conflict.
For you are the help of all.
16 November (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)
'Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.' (Psalms 123:3)
'I can’t go on.
'What’s the point?
I can't afford the things they need,
and I'm on my own, with no one to help me.
I don't have money,
I don't have work,
I don't have respect.
Every day is a struggle just to feed my children
and I'm already in debt.
What can I do now?'
we pray for those who live in poverty and debt,
in our own communities and across the world.
Forgive us, O God,
if we, in our ease, scorn those who are poor,
or show contempt towards those who are indebted,
as if it could never happen to us.
Instead, may we encourage one another
and build each other up,
in the name of Christ.
23 November (Christ the King)
'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 25:40)
'I can't go on.
'I have lost everything, my home,
my livestock. Our land is ruined.
Everywhere is covered with water,
and where the water has gone down,
there is stinking mud.
So many died in the flood, and now the disease.
And it will happen again, our land is too low.
What can we rebuild in mud?
What can we replant in flood?'
we pray for those whose land and lives
are destroyed by climate chaos,
in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Bolivia
and many other places.
We pray for those who give immediate humanitarian assistance,
and for Christian Aid partners who support communities
in the slow and careful task of rebuilding homes, livelihoods and hope.
In the name of Christ the king of human hearts.
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