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Monthly prayers

October

2 October (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)

'But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.' (Lamentations 3:21-23)

A Prayer for Black History Month

Faithful God,
thank you for the tenacity,
the steadfastness and the hope
of all those who believe
that another world is possible.
A world where all are included
Where all are respected
Where all are considered equal.

We pray for Black History Month
And for all who will call to mind
the many who have pioneered
the cause for racial justice.
We pray that intolerance,
Xenophobia and racist abuse
Would be challenged and eradicated
In our day and society.

May the dream where all flourish
And not just the few
live on in our hearts and minds
and be lived out in our actions.
Amen.


9 October (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

A prayer for the Speak Up week of action

Father,
Thank you for creating a beautiful earth full of life.
Thank you for creating us in your image,
and placing a calling on our lives to keep and till your earth.

Forgive us when we lose sight of that mandate,
when our greed causes us to exploit the earth,
threatening the livelihoods of people around the world.

As we gather together in our communities this week,
help us to return to your call, to love and care for the earth.

Give us prophetic imagination for how we can follow your mandate where we live.
Give us courage to speak to those in power to take action to protect the earth.
Give us boldness to Speak Up for those affected by climate change around the world.
Amen.


16 October (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

'And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?' (Luke 18:7)

A prayer for World Food Day

Justice granting God,
We give thanks for agriculture
for abundant crops and yields
We give thanks for food
for the pleasure and sustenance it provides.

We pray for all who are vulnerable to
extremes of drought and flood
making the harvest and food
uncertain and unreliable.

We pray for all who are cultivating,
planting, harvesting and
crying for justice day and night.
Do not delay to help.

We pray for all who are campaigning,
protesting and hoping
For climate justice and
For a world where all have enough.
Amen.


23 October (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

'By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.' (Psalm 65:5)

A prayer for Disarmament Week

Hope of all the ends of the earth,
We pray for your deliverance this Disarmament Week;
deliverance from destruction in conflict ridden countries
deliverance from the devastation of hospitals and clinics being bombed
deliverance from the dehumanisation of those seeking to kill the other
deliverance from arms trade deals that make death more profitable than life
Answer us with your deliverance, O God of our salvation.
Amen.


30 October (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)


'Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.' (Isaiah 1:17)

Preserve us from only praying, God,
But by our prayers orientate us
towards your world to
do good, seek justice,
rescue the oppressed
defend the orphan and to always
plead for the widow.
Amen.

 

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Feeding centre in Guidan Ider village

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