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Service during the general assembly of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Bern 2019.

Service during the general assembly of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Bern 2019.

Intercessions

We give thanks for:

  • the quality of life that many in these countries enjoy and their commitment to provide for those in the world who are in need
  • the organizations located here that seek to increase ecumenical and interfaith understanding and work together for the common good of all people and creation
  • political and economic transparency in these countries
  • those who reach out to migrants and counter attitudes and practices that oppose them.

We pray for:

  • environmental practices that preserve the natural environment, especially the Alps’ melting glaciers
  • the work for justice, reconciliation and peace pursued by the people and organizations here, seeking to shape globalization so that it benefits all
  • religious freedom, also for those from non-Christian traditions
  • overcoming the fear of, and welcoming the embrace of, those who are outsiders to the countries’ historic, ethnic traditions.

      Prayers

      Praising the Lord (after Psalm 103:1)

      ‘Praise the Lord, O my soul,
      All my inmost being, praise his holy name!’

      Longing and curiosity,
      passion and love,
      all my inmost being, praise the Lord.

      Power and strength
      boldness and excitement,
      all my inmost being, praise the Lord.

      Freedom and desire,
      joy and happiness,
      all my inmost being, praise the Lord.

      Disappointment and anger
      annoyance and resentment,
      all my inmost being, praise the Lord.

      Sorrow and anxiety,
      doubt and worry,
      all my inmost being, praise the Lord.

      Stress and resilience,
      failure and shame,
      all my inmost being, praise the Lord.

      Carefulness and patience,
      hope and trustfulness,
      all my inmost being, praise the Lord.

      (Karl Veitschegger (Austria))

      Affirmation of faith

      Hear! The Lord your God is One,
      the creative origin of all that is,
      the Alpha and Omega of my life,
      the source of my resources.

      Jesus Christ is the One’s messenger
      to us humans, who get by as best we can.
      In the midst of contradictions, conflicts and absurdity
      he offers us the light of reconciliation
      with ourselves, with others, and with God.

      The One’s Spirit is my guide
      through the immense complexity of this world.
      The Spirit opens up to each one the treasures of his gifts.
      The One’s Spirit lives in what I am now offering    
      and is my foundation on what endures
      Beyond all that is transitory.

      (Pasteur Vincent Schmid, Genève)

      Prayer for illumination

      O Lord, heavenly Father,
      in whom is the fullness of light and wisdom,
      enlighten our minds by your Holy Spirit,
      and give us grace to receive your Word
      with reverence and humility,
      without which no person can understand your truth,
      for the sake of Jesus Christ
      to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
      be all glory.

      (John Calvin)

      A Prayer for Austria

      Lord,
      we thank you for this land in which we live,
      its mountains, its valleys,
      its meadows, its gardens,
      its forests, its lakes.
      May no blindness destroy the work of your hands.

      Lord,
      may the houses that we build,
      our towns and cities,
      be places of hope and peace.
      May no hardness of heart close our doors in the face of people in need.

      Lord,
      may our workplaces be places where we trust one another,
      where people and their work count for something.
      May no discouragement hold us back from responsibly shaping the future.

      Lord,
      may the streets of our land be ways that bring people to meet one another.
      May no fears or prejudices separate us from those near and far.

      Lord,
      may the churches of our land be holy places,
      where we hear your Word,
      call one another by name,
      and your name is hallowed.

      Lord,
      watch over our land,
      and bless its inhabitants.
      Amen.  

      (A prayer of the Austrian Community of Monastic Orders, together with other church bodies, to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the international treaty at the end of the Second World War.)
      (http://www.kamillianer.at/archiv/geb_oest.htm)

      Song

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      The Rev. Nolan Donald gives the sermon during the Galilean Beach service, a ministry of Foley (Ala.) United Methodist Church at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., while a beach attendant lays out beach chair cushions in the background. The 7:30 a.m. service is over before most other beachgoers arrive. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

      This week we pray for: Canada, United States of America

      25 - 31 October 2020
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      Methodist Church in Fiji's Festival of Praise 2017.

      Methodist Church in Fiji's Festival of Praise 2017.

      Next week we pray for: Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

      01 - 07 November 2020