When you hear “Lord in our time of deep reflection,” please respond with “Hear our prayers.”
Oh, Holy One, At this time of year when the temperatures drop, snow falls and cocoons us from the outside world, and daylight continues to be muted and short-lived, we are drawn inward around hearth and family. Help us to relish this cycle of the seasons as a time for contemplation and renewal. Guide us into a time of prayer, seeking to more fully attend to that which makes us healthy and whole as we live and move within the web of life forces on this earth; that which supports mother earth herself, the sustainer of all of life. Lord in our time of deep reflection… “Hear our prayers.”
We come together before you to ask for your blessing and healing grace for those in our world who are experiencing profound suffering wrought by the dislocation of war, sadness, violation of basic human dignity, pain, loneliness, fear, hopelessness, or sense of moral outrage and impotence. We pray for those who now name aloud or hold within our hearts… …We pray especially for Our Bienestar partners in Guatemala as they begin a new year of activities in their projects with us, our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, Peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations, in particular Dr. Steve McVicar, former orthopedic surgeon of Trail Regional Hospital who is serving on a 6-week mission as trauma surgeon with MSF near the Iraq-Syria border. We pray for all those named in our Prayer List. Lord in our time of deep reflection… “Hear our prayers.”
As citizens of the earth, we are so worried about the state of the environment and the call by the world’s scientists that we must make radical changes now if we are to mitigate catastrophic destruction of all that sustains life. This means making decisions and taking actions today that are and will be hard, messy, conflict-ridden, and require change. We pray for our political leaders that they have the courage and we the fortitude to shift our economy from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. We pray for the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, in particular, the Wet’suwet’en First Nation as they discern how to defend their lands from further degradation, and for those of us in solidarity with them – may all of our non-violent actions reflect the love and a steadfast commitment to justice. Lord in our time of deep reflection… “Hear our prayers.”
We pray for the countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen named in the World Council of Churches prayer cycle.
We are thankful for:
- the ancient cultures and religions that have been sustained in this area for millennia
- those who continue to pursue peace in the midst of ethnic strife and terrorism
- the faithfulness of Muslims in expressing their faith and working with others
We pray for:
- women and others in these countries who are deprived of basic freedoms and human dignity
- those who misuse or exploit religious identity for extremist political ends
- the wise use of the benefits of oil and other natural resources for the sake of all
- the emergence of stable democratic societies based on the rule of law, social justice, and respect for religious and other freedoms.
Lord in our time of deep reflection… “Hear our prayers.”
We come before you with these prayers and those unspoken in our hearts taking in your words to not be afraid, trusting that your holy power of presence and healing is with us always.