Prayers

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 29, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 29, 2015

Pray for the families of the migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean in the past week trying to reach Europe.  Pray that Europe and the international community will make preserving human life their priority as they formulate immigration policies.

 

                                                                     *Epixel for Sunday, May 3, 2015
 
The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers 
and sisters also. 1 John 4:21
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Prayers for Peacemakers, April 15 2015 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 15 2015 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Pray for the community of Grassy Narrows and Judy Da Silva.  On Friday, April 10, 2015 water protector and Elder, Josephine Mandamin, held a traditional Anishinaabe Water Ceremony on the shores of Wild Lake, near the CN railway mainline between Kenora and Grassy Narrows along with other Grassy Narrows community activists. Despite the fact the group called off a blockade of the railway—which transports toxic tar sands bitumen over local waterways—CN still served Da Silva with an injunction against impeding trains and/or trespassing on CN property, and/or ‘counselling’ others to do the same. The injunction will be before the court on April 16 at 10 a.m. in Kenora.

Anishinaabe water ceremony targeted with injunction

Epixel* for Sunday, April 18, 2015
photo by Alex Hundert

How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words,
and seek after lies? Psalm 4:2

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 readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 1, 2015 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 1, 2015  Colombia

Pray for the farmers of El Guayabo, Colombia who are resisting displacement through the ordinary act of planting food that sustains their community and its families.

                                                                     *Epixel for Sunday, April 5, 2015
                                                                          photo: Caldwell Manners
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a  feast of rich food, a feast of
 well-aged wines, of rich food filled  with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.

And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is
spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Isaiah 25:6-7
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Revised Common Lectionary  readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 25, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 25, 2015

Pray for the children of Al Saraya kindergarten in Hebron, who must walk past Israeli military personnel and settlers to get to school near the Il-Ibrahimi Mosque.   In 2000, ninety-five children attended the kindergarten.  Now, because of settler and soldier harassment, only fifteen children remain at the school.  The International Red Crescent recently asked CPT to start accompanying the children on their walk to school, and several weeks ago, two CPTers were arrested while doing so.

 

 *Epixel for Sunday, March 29, 2015

[H]e who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who
 will declare me guilty? Isaiah 50:8-9a

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Prayers for Peacemakers, March 18, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 18, 2015

Give thanks for the Grassy Narrows First Nations Members who remain strong in their determination to resist logging on their traditional lands, despite recent court rulings allowing corporate exploitation of these lands.  On 16 March 2015, youth groups, Band Councilors, Drum Groups, Elders and others engaged in protests at the Weyerhaeuser Mill, Kenora Forest Products and the local Ministry of Natural Resources office. 


Photo: Alex Hundert

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 11, 2015 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 11, 2015 Iraqi Kurdistan

Give thanks for the nonviolence pioneers in Iraqi Kurdistan—both natives of the region and people driven from their homes by the Syrian War and ISIS violence—who recently completed an Alternatives to Violence Training.  They will use their training to help reduce conflict within and between communities that are sharing the region and its resourcess

*Epixel for Sunday, March 15, 2015

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north
and from the south. Psalm 107:1-3


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Prayers for Peacemakers, 25 February 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, 25 February 2015

Pray for the people of Hebron.  25 February 2014 marks the twenty-first anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, when a U.S.-born Israeli settler murdered twenty-nine Muslim men and boys while they prayed there. The Israeli military killed and injured dozens more Palestinians in the demonstrations that followed, imposed a strict 100-day curfew, and, among many more punitive responses on the Palestinian population of Hebron began a process that led to illegally restricting them from accessing Shuhada Street.  This week, there will be several nonviolent demonstrations protesting the closing of Shuhada Street. Pray for the safety of demonstrators, as Israeli soldiers will likely respond with tear gas, sound bombs, and violent arrests. Pray for the safety of all people in the Old City, as Israeli military oppression brings collective punishment to shop owners, families, and young children. Pray for the CPT Hebron Team who will be in the demonstrations.

 *Epixel for Sunday, March 1, 2015
 For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard
when I cried to him. Psalm 22:24
 
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Prayers for Peacemakers, January 30

Pray for the people of Iraqi-Kurdistan and Palestine, this winter has been particularly hard and there are thousands of people living in refugee tents under extreme weather conditions. Pray for a more gentle weather for all of them. Pray also for the Palestinian children in Al-Khalil, who returned to school last week. During the month of December, the Israeli Army threw 172 tear gas bombs and 19 stun grenades to children while they were walking to school. The Israeli occupation and its violence are threatening Palestinian children’s right to education. Pray for these two nations.  

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 16th 2015

Pray for the Palestinian people. They are subjected everyday to extensive controls by the Israeli Army, as a consequence they cannot walk with freedom in their own land, and they have to modify their schedules regarding school, work and spare time based on these controls. Let us pray together for our Palestinian sisters and brothers, that they are not subjected anymore to this violation of their basic rights.  

 Palestinian.Woman

Photo: Israeli forces continue the policy of checking nearly everyone that passes through checkpoint 56 in Hebron. The checkpoint passes from one Palestinian neighborhood to another. Imagine not being able to walk your streets without harassment from an occupying army?

“The Lord is my light and my salvation -whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life -of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27: 1)

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 7th 2015

Pray for Grassy Narrows’ community and forest. Pray that clearcut logging practices are abandoned permanently and that the Ontario government understands the environmental impact that this practice is having in the river system and the fish used by this First Nation community. 

Grassy Narrows 

Grassy Narrows First Nations, a community of about 1,500 near Kenora, is concerned that clearcut logging will increase mercury levels in local fish, which is a traditional dietary staple.

“Let’s hear it from Sky, with Earth joining in, and a huge round of applause from Sea. Let Wilderness turn cartwheels, animals, come dance, put every tree of the forest in the choir” (Psalm 26: 11-12)