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Prayers of concern for food shortages

Let us pray for those who hunger in this land:
whose only kitchen is a soup kitchen,
whose only food is what others don’t want,
whose diet depends on luck, not planning.

[Silence]

Lord, feed your people,
using our skills and conscience,
and eradicate from our politics and private lives
the apathy to hunger that comes from overeating.

Let us pray for the hungry and the fed.
Lord have mercy.

Let us pray for the hungry in other lands,
where economies burdened by debt
cannot respond to human need,
or where fields are farmed, for our benefit,
by low-waged workers courted by starvation.

[Silence]

Lord, feed your people,
even if rulers must cancel debt
and shareholders lose profit,
or diners restrict their choice
in order that all may be nourished.

Let us pray for the hungry and the fed.
Lord have mercy.

Let us pray for the hungry for justice,
who document inequalities,
who demonstrate against tyranny,
distinguish between need and greed,
and are sometimes misrepresented or persecuted
in the process.

[Silence]

May their labour not be in vain
and may we be counted in their number.

Let us pray for the hungry and the fed.
Lord have mercy.

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