Prayers of Gratitude and Intercession

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“O God, who will roll away the stone from the hearts of wounded Beirut and its affected citizens!” The Middle East Council of Churches raises a call to prayer for Lebanon.

The 4 August 2020 explosion damaged 85 percent of the country’s grain stores, left 300 000 people homeless, injured more than 5 000 people and killed almost 200 people. Three Christian hospitals and many churches and Christian schools were damaged. Many people have lost hope; this trauma adds to economic and health care challenges. Lebanon also hosts a large number of refugees. Mennonite Central Committee serves refugees in Lebanon with education, food and psychosocial care. In this crisis, MCC is working with Lebanese Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD) to provide food for the most vulnerable people. Pray for the churches who struggle to respond to the physical and spiritual well being of their neighbours when all have lost so much.

09 Oktober 2020

“But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’” (Exodus 14:13-14) Bahati Safari Mutabesha, leader of the Mennonite Brethren church in Malawi, takes courage from this verse and calls for prayer for the church to reach its mission of bringing hope, peace and reconciliation.

09 Oktober 2020

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” To allow both MWC staff and attendees to properly plan for the event, MWC has chosen to postpone Assembly 17 until 2022. Pray for wisdom as the Assembly planning teams adjust to the new date. Please continue to pray for the healing of the world, and for the Assembly.

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09 Oktober 2020

Biarlah kiranya Tuhan tetap memberikan kita sukacita untuk dapat menunjukkan kasih anugerah kepada sesama kita saat pandemik yang masih berlangsung.

Biarlah kiranya kita tetap berdiri dalam solidaritas dengan yang lain dari seluruh dunia di saat kita berduka karena kehilangan orang yang kita cintai atau kehilangan sumber penghasilan.Biarlah kiranya Tuhan memberikan kebijaksanaan kepada para pemimpin pemerintahan untuk dapat memperhatikan apa yang dibutuhkan rakyatnya dan membuat kebijakan yang tepat sampai vaksin tersedia untuk digunakan.

Berdoa untuk orang-orang yang merespon pandemik ini dengan cara yang tidak benar, yaitu mengedepankan tindakan kekerasan dan ketamakan. Biarlah kiranya Tuhan mengubah pemahaman mereka yang salah dan dengan pertolongan Roh Kudus mengubah hati mereka menjadi hati yang penuh belas kasih dan murah hati. Biarlah kiranya hati yang penuh amarah karena perbedaan suku, agama dan tingkat ekonomi diubahkan menjadi hati yang ingin belajar. Biarlah kiranya kekuatan dari Tuhan Yesus sendiri yang membawa kesembuhan bagi luka batin mereka dimana hal ini menjadikan mereka ini suka menempuh jalan kekerasan.

Berdoa untuk kecukupan dan pemerataan pasokan bahan makanan di semua lini. Kombinasi faktor-faktor yang meningkatkan angka kemiskinan yaitu karena panen yang gagal dan turunnya hasil produksi karena iklim, transportasi dan kegiatan ekonomi yang terganggu karena pandemic, hal ini dapat memunculkan kelaparan bagi beberapa daerah. Berdoa untuk semua usaha yang dilakukan secara global untuk dapat membuat ketersediaan bahan makanan bagi seluruh populasi masyarakat.

21 September 2020

Bersyukur atas kedermawanan saudara-saudara semua yang telah mendukung penanggulangan COVID-19 dalam bentuk persembahan yang diberikan ke Global Church Sharing Fund. Kiranya Tuhan melipatgandakan persembahan ini untuk dapat diberikan kepada 27 komunitas yang terdampak berdasar proposal yang telah disetujui. Biarlah kirannya lewat bahan makanan dan kebutuhan lain ini dapat diterima dengan baik. Kiranya usaha penanggulangan yang dilakukan oleh gereja-gereja ini dapat membawa peningkatan secara fisik menjadi lebih baik bagi orang-orang yang menerimanya, biarlah kiranya Roh Kudus membuat terjadinya transformasi juga secara rohani. Bersyukur untuk pengabdian yang diberikan oleh para sukarelawan yang tergabung dalam gugus tugas MWC dalam meresponi COVID-19 dengan penuh tanggung jawab.

Learn more about the GCSF COVID-19 response here

 

21 September 2020

Bersyukur untuk peringatan 100 tahun akan pemberian bantuan dan pertumbuhan yang terjadi di seluruh dunia dalam nama Kristus melalui Mennonite Central Committee. Berdoa untuk pembaharuan visi secara kreatif untuk menghadapi tantangan di masa depan dalam semangat kerendah hatian dan yang terus di dorong oleh cinta kasih Kristus.

21 September 2020

Berdoa untuk kedamaian di Kolombia. Beberapa gereja-gereja injili di Kolombia sedang mengalami penderitaan karena konflik bersenjata, pelecehan hak asasi manusia, perekrutan kekuatan paramiliter dan sulitnya mendapatkan untuk ijin untuk bersekutu. Dalam bulan Juli, seorang pendeta harus diungsikan ke lain tempat karena anak perempuannya mendapatkan ancaman dan gangguan dari paramiliter. Justapaz of Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia (IMCOL) berusaha untuk membantu dalam solidaritas bersama dengan gereja-gereja ini dan mereka sangat mengharapkan bantuan doa.

21 September 2020

Berdoa untuk beberapa komunitas yang mengalami penganiayaan, khususnya yang terjadi di India, Pakistan, Vietnam dan Tiongkok. Kiranya Tuhan yang menguatkan dan menjaga iman mereka dan mereka diberi cara-cara yang kreatif untuk menghadapi kekerasan dan mengubahnya dengan tindakan yang penuh damai.

21 September 2020

Give us the power

God,

Give us the power to trust each other
and to choose the sustainable way
that frees your creation from distress.

Give us the power to share knowledge
and to seek for sustainable solutions
that allow future generations to live on

Give us the power to cooperate
to take decisions and actions
that bear fruit sustainably.

Give us the power
through your Holy Spirit

You who saw that it was good.

On the day after tomorrow as in the beginning.

For your kingdom come
and your glory shine
for ever.

Amen

—This prayer is taken from the book Dancing with the Golden Frog: Global Warming and the Lord’s Prayer, by Herman Heijn, pastor at Doopsgezinde Gemeente Haarlem, Netherlands. Submitted by Creation Care Task Force member Rebecca Froese, a member of Mennonite Church Hamburg-Altona, Germany.

Christians across the world are walking in spirit toward care for creation. This #SeasonofCreation celebration takes place 1 September to 4 October 2020.

 

10 September 2020

Humility

God of all the earth –

Take us outside to your holy places. Take us out beyond our walls, out where we can see our neighbours, out past the garden with its ripe tomatoes and fat watermelons. Out where flowers bloom yellow and pink and sway in the wind. Out to the soil we came from and the place where we no longer have words for what we see but can only say how small we are.
There – out there – bend down. Make mud with your spit; smear it on our eyes.

And when the clay cakes and cracks and we turn our faces to your vast world, may we see grace, not despair, and a harvest so plentiful it distresses us.

This prayer by Jennifer Schrock is based on an outdoor worship service that took place at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, Indiana, USA. Jennifer Schrock serves on MWC’s Creation Care Task Force.

Christians across the world are walking in spirit toward care for creation. This #SeasonofCreation celebration takes place 1 September to 4 October 2020.

#SeasonofCreation

#TiempodelaCreación

#TempsdelaCréation

#TempodaCriação

31 Agustus 2020

Lord of the wind and the rain, your creation is both calm and storm. We pray for those who fall in the path of hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes and tornadoes. May the grieving sense the nearness of your comforting Spirit. May your church be the hands and feet who rebuild and reassure those who experienced loss.

28 Agustus 2020

Zimbabwe is facing the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis along with the rest of the world, but compounded with an unstable political situation, 90% unemployment, an underfunded health system, hyperinflation and food security crisis. Pray for Catholic leaders who have made a statement to the government to uphold the gospel tenets of human dignity and the common good. Pray that the people of Zimbabwe would treat each other with respect across political divisions as they advocate for justice for all. Praise God for the Christian brothers and sisters – including the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe – who are speaking with one voice during a critical time.

19 Agustus 2020

Praise God for the celebration of baptism as a practice of discipleship in Mennonite, Lutheran and Catholic churches. The final report on the Lutheran-Mennonite-Roman Catholic Trilateral Conversation (on baptism) has been published. Praise God for the trust, patience and receptivity of the leaders who participated in this dialogue between world communions. Pray that studying the report may promote better mutual understanding between communions and lead to greater faithfulness to Jesus Christ. May MWC churches be attentive to the “gifts received” and “challenges accepted.”

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17 Agustus 2020

Pray for more open doors to preach the gospel, especially in regions where it is not well known. Pray for labourers to partake in the kingdom work. Intercede for all our ministers in their preaching and teaching responsibilities. Some of our youths completed high school but they can’t enter university due to the cost of tuition fees; please pray for God’s provision.

—Adriano Mbackeh, member of Mennonite Church West Africa, The Gambia

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Year-old West African church plants three others

Updated 26 August 2020: country corrected

17 Agustus 2020

We pray that God will protect our lives and give wisdom to the authorities. May they respond appropriately and show mercy toward people so that the possible consequences of the virus can be prevented and mitigated.

Some days we feel so impotent, frustrated and afraid. We pray that God will help us manage our emotions in a healthy way and also that we may find joy in the midst of the uncertainty.

We pray that God will help us to continue building deep relationships in spite of social distancing.

We pray that you may sense the constant love of the Lord in all aspects of your lives.

Diana Cruz and Felipe Preciado, La Casa Grande FIFATA, Benin (Iglesia Cristiana Menonita de Colombia [IMCOL])

17 Agustus 2020

Pertemuan global Anabaptis lewat Temu Raya MWC ada di dalam tangan Tuhan. Kita percaya akan mukjizat yang Tuhan kerjakan saat ini lewat persekutuan saudara dan saudari kita dari seluruh dunia. Persiapan yang dilakukan saat ini penuh dengan tantangan : pencarian dana, logistik transportasi, akomodasi, lokasi, acara, konsumsi, pengurusan visa-semuanya penuh dengan kerumitan karena ketidakpastian aturan saat ini dan hal ini setidaknya akan terjadi sampai setahun ke depan. Berdoalah untuk para pengambil keputusan untuk diberi hikmat dan kearifan berkenaan dengan acara ini.

07 Agustus 2020

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1)

Seventeen people are confirmed dead with more than 75 feared trapped as rows of houses sank into the ground as a result of heavy rains on the Pettimudi tea estate in Munnar,Kerala, India. Gilgal Mission Trust, a Mennonite World Conference member church, has a small congregation in this village. News reports indicate that a church is buried under the mud. Ten church members are among the missing.

MWC calls for the global community of believers to stand in solidarity by praying for missing people to be rescued and for rains to stop so further damage can be avoided.

07 Agustus 2020

“All my bones shall say, ‘O Lord, who is like you? You deliver the weak from those too strong for them, the weak and needy from those who despoil them.’” (Psalm 35:10)

Lord, we take hope in your strength and salvation.

04 Agustus 2020

 

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Praise God for the evangelistic fervour and faithfulness of our brothers and sisters in Africa. With economic challenges, severe climate events and diseases like malaria compounding the threat of COVID-19, they continue to worship God and serve their neighbours with what means they have, sharing the gospel in word and deed.

 

13 Juli 2020

We pray for everyone who has been affected by Covid-19. For those who have died; for those who have been ill; for the family members that this has affected; for those whose jobs and livelihoods have been affected by the economic downturn that this pandemic has caused; for all of us as our lives and our “normals” have changed.

07 Juli 2020

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