Thursday, March 24, 2011

Remembering Japan, Libya, Bahrain and the world

The following order of service was prepared by the worship committee of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva for a prayer of lamentation held at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, Wednesday, 16 March 2011. It may be reproduced and adapted for parish use freely. 
(extracts)

From Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice: Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.


We pray for all those caught up in the turmoil of North Africa and the Middle East.
May your will be done on earth, O Lord, and your kingdom come in righteousness...
May justice and peace be revealed in the daily lives of nations and peoples...
And may the voice of the Prince of Peace be heard in every land.

Prayers for the enemy (from the Eastern Orthodox tradition)

O Christ, Our God, who prayed for those who crucified You,
and asked us, your servants, to pray for our enemies;
forgive those who hate and oppress us and, through Your Grace and love for humanity,
change their lives from doing wrong and wickedness
to love for their neighbours and life filled with goodness:
that none of them may perish because of us but rather they and we together
be saved through penitence; we pray You, Lord, hear us and have mercy.
Silence
We are longing for the day when the prophecy of Micah will come true, when "they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."
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