Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in your holy presence, we adore you; we give you thanks.
We pray to you giving thanks for freedom and democracy,
for human rights and peace planted and grown in Indonesia, Philippines
and Timor Leste.
We thank you for our leaders who have led these people
and for all goodness which we receive out of your mercy.
We thank you for the liberty to freely worship you and proclaim your Gospel,
so that many people can get opportunities to hear the good news
and believe in Jesus Christ.
We ask your forgiveness for our wrongdoings.
Enable us to live free of worshipping false gods,
and direct us to worship only Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
(Pilgrim Prayer, 207)
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In God’s hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For the Lord is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to God’s voice!
– Psalm 95:1-7a
Song: O Come and let us sing to God, our hope. God’s mercy is forever.
A reading from Revelation 22
One: Word of God, Word of life.
Many: Thanks be to God.
Time for Silent Reflection
One: Eternal God of life, praise be you for your wonderful love and your grace poured out on our behalf. Today we come before you with complete trust to intercede for the situations that affect all of us and rob so many of the joy of life.
One: We give you thanks:
- For the peoples and churches of East Timor (Leste Timor), Indonesia, and the Philippines
- For the gift of fresh and clean water, for rain and running streams and deep lakes
- For the gift of human reason and ingenuity that can further work towards justice and equity
- For the wondrous diversity of creation and those who seek to be good stewards.
- For the bold witness on the impact of climate change and the efforts to reverse it.
- For what else do we give thanks? (Out loud, in the chatroom, or in the silence of our hearts)
One: And we pray:
- For all those who live in unsanitary conditions, without clean, flowing water
- For all countries where flooding or drought or rising sea levels threatens sanitation systems, contaminating drinking water, and spreading diseases
- For governments in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste, that they will eradicate corruption, establish justice and peace, and work effectively for the wellbeing of all their people
- For all the victims of violence, torture, drug and human trafficking, and human rights violations, that those responsible might be held accountable
- For all those affected by earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, and for the rebuilding of communities afterwards
- For all the efforts to build bridges between diverse ethnicities, cultures, and religious beliefs
- For those suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually in this time of pandemic, bring wholeness and healing, O God, we hold before you those we now name in our hearts who are ill...
- For what else do we pray? (Out loud, in the chatroom, or in the silence of our hearts)
Righteous God, your love is for all, without preference or prejudice. Awaken that joy and thanksgiving within us that we live our lives as a ceaseless prayer. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer (in our many languages)
May the blessings of God the Father, who created us from the soil of the earth,
May the blessings of God the Son, who was born in a manger, in unhygienic conditions,
May the blessings of God the Holy Spirit, who resides within both the rich and poor, ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’, brood over us as mother over her children, now and for evermore.
The peace of Christ be with you all!
Let us share the peace of Christ with one another.