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April 10, 2014

Join in prayer with Syrians

Map of SyriaOur staff will join young adults and people of all ages in Syria and around the world in prayer for peace tomorrow.

From the Presbyterian News Service:

A group of young adults from churches across Syria are calling for the world to join them in kindling the candle of peace by praying together simultaneously on Friday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m. GMT (5:00 p.m. EDT).

The call comes from the Syrian Multimedia Youth Team:

The Syrian Multimedia Youth Team works for positive change within Syrian society by using modern media and technology to encourage local development ...

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February 28, 2014

"We seek a true and lasting peace" - Presbyterian Church of Venezuela

As we have watched events unfold in Venezuela, we are grateful for the witness of our sisters and brothers in the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela and to Sarah Henken, Regional Liaison for the Andean Region with Presbyterian World Mission for sharing information from our partners and reflections on the situation.

Sarah writes:

“We call on our fellow citizens to avoid sinking into an absurd fratricidal confrontation that benefits no one.”

Central Presbytery (of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela) issued these stark words this week in a letter to their compatriots. Venezuela has made the news even in the United States ...

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November 11, 2013

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

From our partners in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

One of the worst recorded typhoons in history, Haiyan has left many dead, hundreds of thousands displaced, and extensive damage.  The initial response includes provision of non-food items, drinking water and emergency shelter kits.  All PC(USA) mission workers are reported safe.  Read more.

PDA will respond with One Great Hour of Sharing and designated funds as assessments are completed, needs are identified, and an appeal for assistance is issued.

Give online to support disaster response in the Philippines.

Visit the Philippines response index for reports and resources

Call to Prayer for the ...

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October 17, 2013

Happy Birthday, United Nations

United Nations Day PosterUnited Nations Day - October 24 - marks the day the UN Charter entered into force in 1945.

How will you celebrate this day? Here are some ideas:

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United Nations.

Use a hymn written by the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. The hymn in bulletin format. The hymn with music. Check out a video of the hymn.

Participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF a program started by Presbyterians.

Learn more about the United Nations. The Cyber School Bus is a great resource for children.

Organize a seminar through the Presbyterian Ministry at ...

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September 4, 2013

Pray for Syria: World Communion of Reformed Churches

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has issued a statement and call to prayer on Syria noting that, "The WCRC is aware of the current moves towards military response to these attacks and calls for restraint. However heinous the chemical attacks are, military response is not the answer." The WCRC also calls for prayer for the peoples of Syria this weekend.

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August 9, 2013

Celebrate the 2013 International Day of Peace

2013 International Day of Peace LogoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2013 is Education for Peace

Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:

Promote the Peacemaking Offering

Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon in your time zone

Ring your ...

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July 5, 2013

Resource for prayer service for South Sudan

 

Our partners in South Sudan are holding a weekend of interfaith prayer services from July 5- 7, 2013. On July 8, 2013 they will hold a National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation.

The ecumenical community of non-governmental organizations at the United Nations will hold a prayer service on the morning of July 8. Feel free to use or adapt this order of worship or create your own.
May God lead the people of South Sudan to justice and peace.

Thanks to Brendan Welsh and Marissa Costello for their work on this prayer service.

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June 27, 2013

National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan

Please join the people of South Sudan in prayer for reconciliation in their country.

A National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan will take place on Monday, July 8, 2013, the eve of the anniversary of the country's independence.

The theme will be Lamentation, leading to repentance and personal conversion/transformation. From July 1-7, there will be prayers with different groups (e.g. government, organised forces, women, youth, etc).

On Friday, July 5 the Muslims will take up the prayer in their mosques, and on Sunday, July 7 the Christians will take it up in their churches ...

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June 16, 2013

A prayer for refugees

A Prayer for Refugees



Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee

and had no place to call his own;


look with mercy on those who today

who are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.


Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day

when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace.
Help us in your work, to take the side of the lowly,
to defend the newcomer, to welcome the stranger.
Help us now to befriend the ...

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May 1, 2013

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Asks for Prayers to End Violence in South Sudan

from our partners in World Mission

The crisis in South Sudan’s Jonglei State has escalated alarmingly in recent weeks.  The deteriorating situation has prompted the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to express deepening concern for the people of the region and to renew its urgent call to prayer and action to promote justice, peace and genuine security for the affected populations.

Since the beginning of 2013 the government of South Sudan’s campaign to disarm rebel forces led by David Yau Yau has triggered a growing number of clashes between the South Sudanese military (SPLA) and Yau Yau’s ...

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March 3, 2013

Making plans

Who is here?
What is our task?
What will we do to achieve that task?
What else will happen?

Christ CandleAround a Christ candle, in the Fellowship Hall of New York's Church of the Covenant, Presbyterian participants in the 57th Commission on the Status of Women gathered on Friday, March 1 to explore these and related questions.

Who is here?
A  significant portion of the afternoon and evening was spent meeting one another and building the community. A generationally and ethnically diverse group, the Presbyterian participants come from across the country. Most are members and leaders of Presbyterian Women on ...

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February 1, 2013

Prayer for the people of South Sudan

God of grace,
God of justice,
God of peace,
you create us to live together,
to honor and respect one another.
Hear us as we pray for South Sudan.

We pray for the people of South Sudan.
Grant courage to turn from violence;
grace to see each other as sisters and brothers;
strength to work for justice for all;
passion to seek peace;
and all that is needed for the living of these days.

We pray for the leaders of South Sudan.
Grant vision for a just and peace country;

wisdom to govern wisely;
strength to work for justice for ...

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January 11, 2013

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

January 11, 2013 marks Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Because of the groundbreaking work of our ancestors, slavery was outlawed in the United States.  However the legacies of chattle slavery continue to haunt our society even as we turn to face a new form of slavery: human trafficking. 

 

You can learn what the United Nations is doing on human trafficking by going to UN GIFT (UN Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking). To find out more about a specific country, you can access the US State Department's Trafficking In Persons Report ...

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December 2, 2012

Actions for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

 Blue Heart

UN Resources:

PC(USA) Resources:

Prayer:

Prayer (Jer. 31:15-17 adapted)

A voice is heard in Ramah,

     lamentation and bitter weeping.

Rachel is weeping for her children;

     she refuses to be comforted for her children,

     because they are no more.

But God, you say to us:

Keep your voice from weeping,

     and your eyes from tears;

     for there is a reward for your work.

God, as you have promised, so we pray,

     that exiles shall come ...

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October 29, 2012

Call to Prayer and fasting with CCAP

Presbyterian World Mission encourages all PC(USA) members to engage in prayer and fasting November 17 and 18, 2012, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in a time of difficulties in that church. The CCAP has five synods spanning Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The CCAP has not held a General Assembly since 2007 for a number of reasons. This dysfunction has been a matter of concern for many.

Presbyterian World Mission encourages all Presbyterians to uphold the CCAP in prayer on Saturday and Sunday November 17 and 18, 2012. Pray for ...

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October 17, 2012

Globally conscious worship

How do we respectfully bring the peoples and the cares of the world into our worship experience?

Bulletin cover for McCormick DaysTheresa Eungyong Cho and I led a workshop on 16 October at McCormick Theological Seminary's McCormick Days that explored that topic.

A wealth of liturgical resources exist that can be used in designing and leading such worship.

The Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s daily mission devotional, features stories from around the corner and around the globe. The Mission Yearbook helps connect us to sisters and brothers and includes a daily lectionary as well as ...

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October 1, 2012

Presbyterian engagement at the United Nations General Assembly

Last week, New York City welcomed world leaders to the 67th United Nations General Assembly.  The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations was active in raising the voice of Presbyterians from here in the United States as well as those of our partners in the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

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September 26, 2012

A story from Homs, Syria

This story was provided by our partners in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon during their visit to New York and our ministry.

The “Evangelical Old People’s Home” in Homs, Syria has a uniqueness all of its own: because of its ecumenical nature for one thing. It is run by both the Evangelical Church and the “Two Most Sacred Hearts” Maronite Order. A joint daily worship is held.

Nowadays, because the church building in Homs was strongly damaged, the congregation meets in the “Home” for its Sunday morning services, and other activities.  The “Home” hosts people from ...

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August 26, 2012

Twice blessed

Mission Co-workers, Davidson Chifungo, PC(USA) StaffI give thanks for those who pray for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and for me. Each of the past two days included an event that reminded me of the power of those prayers.

Second blessing

Today, 26 August, I attended worship at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver. I had the opportunity to speak briefly about the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations during the worship service. A potluck followed worship. There I spoke directly to a number of the members. Before either of those events took place, the Rev. Dr. Pattie Kitchen led the congregation in the ...

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August 11, 2012

Inernational Day of Peace: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

From the United Nations:

International Day of Peace posterEach year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Sustainable Peace...

This year, world leaders, together with civil society, local authorities and the private sector, will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to renew political commitment to long term sustainable development.

It is in the context of the Rio+20 Conference that “Sustainable Peace for ...

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August 6, 2012

Call to prayer on the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace posterThe  World Council of Churches calls churches and congregations around the world to prayer on the International Day of Peace: 21 September. Participants are especially invited to pray and act together for a just peace in communities, nations and the world.

Prayers from different parts of the world will be shared through online means, including Facebook and Twitter. People who are not active on these social media platforms may share their prayers by email.
Prayers for a just peace lift up social, economic, ecological or political-military aspects of peace.

The prayers for peace last year circled the globe from Cuba ...

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July 21, 2012

A Prayer Following the Massacre in Aurora, Colorado

Use this prayer as a personal or corporate prayer in the days to come:

 

O Lord, our God, victim of violence on a cross,
look with compassion upon all involved in the shooting this week in Colorado.
Comfort those terrorized by this horrendous event.
Wrap your Everlasting Arms around those who mourn.
Heal those whose wounds ooze in open fear.
Strengthen those administering your medicines of blessing—
medical personnel, law enforcement officials, and associated staff.  
Calm all whose memories of violence are triggered by this shooting.
Clothe the gunman with your redemption,
and deal tenderly with his confused family and ...

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June 22, 2012

General Assembly leaders offer a renewed call to prayer and action for the people of Syria

General Assembly Mission Council

by Emily Enders Odom,
Associate, Mission Communications

Communications and Funds Development

LOUISVILLE

June 20, 2012

Our Christian friends continue to endure great suffering — along with all the Syrian people — under the escalating violence between the Assad regime and armed opposition groups. The international community seems unable to agree on ways to bring the violence to a halt or to find a path of engagement that can lead to a peaceable resolution of the conflict. UN observers in Syria recently came under direct attack, resulting in the suspension of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria on ...

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April 23, 2012

World Week of Prayer for Peace in Palestine and Israel 2012

28 May - 3 June 2012
Pray, educate, and advocate for justice

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations to join together in 2012 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

During World Week for Peace 2012 ...

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April 11, 2012

April 12-16, 2012: Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia

This year, the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia focus on sending a simple message: everyone deserves a place to call home.

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April 11, 2012

A prayer for peace as the Quartet meets

From Churches for a Middle East Peace:

In late April the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. The focus of discussion will likely be whether the Quartet—comprised of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States—has been able to achieve sufficient impetus to have the Israeli-Palestinian peace process move in a positive direction. In preparation for that discussion the Quartet meets today in Washington, DC.  

As people of faith, on this occasion we ask you to pray for peace and for God to make a ...

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March 28, 2012

10 Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Roma, 2012

In 2012, Presbyterian Women will join their voices with others around the world who are concerned with justice for the Roma, who are marginalized throughout Europe.

Presbyterian Women and Presbyterian World Mission have created a 10-day prayer and study guide to lead up to International Day of the Roma, celebrated on April 8. Beginning March 29, you are invited to use the booklet to learn about the issues affecting Roma in Europe and offer prayers for change. Each day is dated for your convenience, but the booklet is timeless, so use it at any time of the year to learn ...

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February 22, 2012

Responding to child labor trafficking

What can we do to address human trafficking – particularly child labor trafficking?

The participants in the Central New York Presbytery Partnership Group seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations identified the following ideas to use in their congregations, schools, and communities:

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February 14, 2012

Prayers with the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo

From our partners in World Mission:

There is violence against civilians in the Congo. National elections have been widely criticized as lacking credibility due to massive irregularities, maladministration and fraud. Congolese Christians will march in Kinshasa on Thursday, February 16, seeking peace and calling for a democratic government founded in transparency and justice. We are invited to join our sisters and brothers in spirit and to pray with them for peace, justice and a government committed to the well-being of the people.

The history of the Congo is marked by exploitation of natural resources and the people. In the nineteenth ...

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February 3, 2012

Pray for peace conference in South Sudan

A prayer request from one of our church partners in South Sudan.
The Rev. John Phillip Omot, Peace and Justice Officer for the Greater Upper Nile, asks us to pray for Murle Anuak Peace Conference being facilitated by the council and RECONCILE which is taking place in Juba, South Sudan on February 3-4. Rev. Omot asks for prayers that the negotiations will have fruitful results and peace may be established. He further asks for prayers that God would convict those who are trying to disrupt the peace process to have a change of heart and to work for peace.

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January 14, 2012

Urgent prayer request for Madagascar

Information received on January 13 indicates that certain pastors of our partner church in Madagascar, the FJKM, may have been targeted for "elimination or neutralization" by forces aligned to the de facto government.
Please pray:

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January 6, 2012

Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11

January 11 is designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The PC(USA) Human Trafficking Round Table provides the following information for this day:

January 2012 – Over 12.3 million people are estimated to work in conditions of forced labor world-wide according to the International Labour Organisation.  On January 11th, consider marking human trafficking day with prayer and action.

Use these liturgical resources suitable for Sunday worship.

Learn more what products of slavery are produced with child and slave labor through this interactive website from Anti-Slavery International. 

Estimate your “slavery footprint”.

Learn about the work of the UN Global Initiative ...

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January 4, 2012

Prayer requests from Jonglei State

Our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Sudan and the Sudan Council of Churches have made the following specific prayer requests:

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January 1, 2012

Violence continues in South Sudan

Our brothers and sisters in South Sudan continue to stand in need of prayer.

Here are some updates on the violence in Jonglei State:

Report: Fighters attack South Sudan town despite presence of U.N. peacekeepers (CNN)

South Sudan 'sends more troops' to strife-torn town Pibor (BBC)

South Sudan Lou Nuer fighters attack town of Pibor (BBC)

UN sends troops to South Sudan town (Al-Jazeera video - a day or two old at this point)

The Presbyterian Church of Sudan has issued a statement calling all to pursue peace.

May God guide those who work for peace.

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December 27, 2011

Urgent prayer request for Jonglei State, South Sudan

Here's a December 30 update from the BBC:

The United Nations has moved a battalion of combat troops to the South Sudanese town of Pibor to prevent an attack by the Lou Nuer ethnic group.

Our sisters and brothers in Jonglei State in South Sudan stand in urgent need of prayer.

The United Nations News Centre offers this report:

The United Nations today urged South Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Jonglei State after reports identified thousands of armed youth preparing to attack a rival community.

“I am deeply concerned to learn of reports of ...

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December 20, 2011

Prayers for the Philippines

Tropical Storm Washi struck the Philippines on December 16 and 17. The storm, the most- devastating cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, has killed hundreds. Many others remain missing.

Presbyterians have a long history of ministry with the people of the Philippines. Currently, we join the world in prayer. Information on relief efforts will follow.

Presbyterians in ministry with the people of the Philippines

UN and its partners appeal for additional $28 million to help storm victims

Philippine floods: President declares national calamity

UN steps up relief efforts in the Philippines

UN officials mourn victims of storm tragedy

In ...

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December 10, 2011

Toward a More Humane Future

On Human Rights Day, 2011, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations is pleased to announce the launch of Toward a More Humane Future, an online devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.

The 210th General Assembly (1998) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to “celebrate the affirmation of the dignity and value of human life affirmed in the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ and the International Bill of Human Rights, rejoicing in the hope that has been given to multitudes around the world; grateful for the vision that still ...

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December 10, 2011

Human Rights Day

As we celebrate Human Rights Day today, I reflect on the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said a few days earlier on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, “To eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, we need new strategies and measures that can unite all actors. While Governments bear the primary responsibility, the private sector has an integral role to play.”  Couldn’t this same argument be made in regards to human rights?

Governments certainly play a large role creating, implementing and changing strategies to protect human rights.  With that said, we as global citizens, the ...

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October 14, 2011

Ribbons proclaim hope at Church Center for United Nations

Ribbon of Hope tapestry - nine-foot tallOn October 12, four nine-foot tall tapestries appeared in Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations. Thousands of ribbons decorated each tapestry. Each ribbon carried a message of hope, remembrance, and healing.

To mark the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Prepare New York created the Ribbons of Hope project. They report that "more than 20,000 ribbons, were created by people throughout the 5 boroughs, across the country and around the world." The ribbons combine to create a tapestry as "colorful and diverse as New York itself" - as colorful and diverse as God's world.

Prepare ...

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September 30, 2011

A prayer for UNICEF on United Nations Day

Here is a prayer for United Nations Day - October 24. Since that comes just one week before Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, this prayer lifts up UNICEF's important work caring for the world's children.

God of the days and months and years of our lives, we give thanks for the community of nations that is embodied in the United Nations. We are grateful for vision of UNICEF, for their call to believe in zero- that not one single child should die of preventable causes. Stir us to embrace our own vision that one or two or three Christians can make ...

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September 30, 2011

A prayer for those who serve in the United Nations system

Redeemer and Reconciler,

We give thanks for the work of the United Nations and for our sisters and brothers whom you have called to serve within that system. We are thankful that you call women and men from every land. We honor their work, their gifts, and their sacrifice. We pray for those who have given their lives in service; for their families and communities who grieve such loss.

 We ask for your strength to be with each individual:  

who cares for brothers and sisters who are made vulnerable and are oppressed;

who bears witness to evil and seeks healing ...

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September 29, 2011

United Nations Day - October 24

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the United Nations and its work.

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on October 24, 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization.

Ideas for observing the day include:

Lift up the work of the United Nations in prayer.

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United Nations.

Use a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. The ...

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September 29, 2011

A Prayer for Peace in Our Time

Here is a prayer for United Nations Day, October 24, from one of the resources of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. O God, Our Father, O God, Our Mother: we pray for all your children on earth, of every nation and...

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September 29, 2011

Prayer of Confession for World Communion Sunday

Merciful God, in your loving presence we confess our sins. God of the universe, we have not always acted in ways that enhance life for our communities, our world, or our environment. We have forgotten to honor the sacredness and grandeur of your creation. Our fears and our selfishness have prevented us from seeing others as your children. Restore us, O God of life. May your Spirit sweep over us as it swept over the waters on that first day of creation, calling forth life from the void. Birth in us a spirit of love, compassion, and courage that your ...

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September 28, 2011

Prayer for World Communion Sunday

The following prayer is the opening prayer for worship provided with this year's Peacemaking Offering resources for World Communion Sunday, October 2.    This and all of the worship resources can be downloaded. 

O God of majesty, as we gather today to worship you, disquiet us and your whole creation with your peacemaking Holy Spirit, quietly insisting, “Know justice, know peace.” As your Son broke bread and gave it to thousands, so call us anew to a peace marked by a just distribution of your abundance, until that day when no one shall hunger nor thirst any more; through your ...

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September 25, 2011

25 September 2011 Worship

United Presbyterian Church of Ozone ParkI had the privilege of preaching today at United Presbyterian Church of Ozone Park. A great morning! Since the International Day of Peace was last Wednesday, I used the Rev. Bridgett Green's prayer for that day.

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September 6, 2011

Prayers of hope and remembrance

What do people write on Ribbons of Hope for the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001?

During the Thursday, August 25, 2011 worship service at the Church Center for the United Nations, participants wrote the following prayers:

All of God’s people to rise up heal, help, hope and care.

May this time of remembering be a “Grand Happening.”

Oh God. Make us an instrument of thy peace! Shalom. Amen.

Hope for the World, for all nations, for my kids, for all children. Hope for peace for all.

That we should claim righteousness.  Give us a humble, kind and lovely ...

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August 26, 2011

Prayers after attack on UN compound in Nigeria

Please hold in prayer those people who were killed and wounded in the attack on the UN compound in Nigeria.

Please pray for all in need this day.

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August 25, 2011

Ribbons of Hope at worship this morning

Red ribbons with writing on them in a basketEach Thursday morning we gather for worship at the Church Center for the United Nations. Different ministries take a turn leading the service. This morning brought the turn of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. We focused on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. We did so to allow participants to create prayer ribbons for the Ribbons of Hope Project and to model this project for use in other places and settings

For the service, we adapted a liturgy from the National Council of Churches created by written by the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner and the Rev. Jon ...

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August 24, 2011

A new hymn to support relief efforts in the Horn of Africa

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has written a new hymn that to support the churches’ famine relief efforts in the Horn of Africa. O God, You Love the Needy includes references in it to the lectionary texts for Sunday, August 28.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs provides information concerning the situation in the Horn of Africa.

Hold the people living in the Horn of Africa in prayer.

Support the humanitarian response by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

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August 10, 2011

Ribbons of Hope for September 11

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Prepare New York and partner groups are sponsoring Ribbons of Hope. People are invited to bring a ribbon to Battery Park in New York City between the hours of noon on Friday, September 9 and dusk on Sunday, September 11. On the ribbon, write a thought or prayer or hope for the healing of the city and for the whole world. In Battery Park, ribbons of all colors, shapes, sizes and textures will be joined to form a large tapestry symbolic of the marvelous mosaic that is New York.

How can I ...

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August 8, 2011

Situation in Syria

Presbyterians, with people around the world, hold the country and people of Syria in prayer during these challenging days. Presbyterians have been involved in Syria from the early 1800s, when early American Presbyterian missionaries came to the Near East. American Presbyterians took the lead in Syria, as they had in Lebanon, in education, health care and church development. However, most mission work has been united in Syria (and Lebanon) under one mission society, which includes Presbyterians from Scotland and Ireland and Lutherans from Denmark. In 1956 the Mission Society of Syria and Lebanon encouraged and helped develop national leadership in ...

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August 6, 2011

Celebrate the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace LogoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. During the recent Youth Making a Difference seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, young people identified a number of ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Here are some additional ideas:

 

Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon

Ring your church bells

Light candles ...

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August 6, 2011

Prayers for the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace logoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. Here are two prayers for the International Day of Peace:

O God,
Guide the peoples and nations
to make today a day of peace,
a day when wars are suspended,
and weapons laid aside.
May the spirit of this day of peace
guide us to the time
when ...

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July 25, 2011

Prayer for Norway

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." - (Mark 12:31)

Presbyterians have been called to pray for the people of Norway in the aftermath of the bombing in Oslo and the shootings on Utoya Island.   A prayer, "We Live in a Broken and Fearful World," is now available on the PCUSA website.  There is also a prayer for the people of Norway and for all victims of violence and terror at the The World Council of Churches Facebook page.

This attack, and all such acts of violence, violates God's image in ...

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July 23, 2011

Pray with the people of Norway and all victims of vioence and terror

People around the world will join in prayer with and for the people of Norway following yesterday's terrible attacks. The World Council of Churches provides a prayer for the people of Norway and all victims of violence and terror.

 

 

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July 22, 2011

PC(USA) responds to crisis in Horn of Africa

From Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has provided $100,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds to help meet the immediate and basic humanitarian needs of people affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa.  PDA is responding to this crisis as a member of ACT Alliance.  Fellow ACT Alliance members with programs in Somalia are planning to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to newly displaced people in Mogadishu, drought affected people in Gedo region, refugees in Dadaab camp in Kenya and host communities in both countries.

ACT members are already in the process of distributing 262 ...

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July 3, 2011

A prayer for July 9

God who makes all things new,
as this new day dawns,
bringing the birth of a new state,
we pray out of grave concern,
we pray into hope abounding.
We pray that justice and well-being will prevail
for all the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan,
for all the peoples of South Sudan and Sudan.
Bless the peoples.
Bless the nations.
Guide them in the paths of peace.
We pray in Jesus' name.
Amen.

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July 1, 2011

Please pray for . . . prayer requests from Sudan

Here are some requests for prayer from one of our partners in Sudan:

It is very encouraging to us here in Sudan to know that God's people are continuously praying for us. Please pray for:

Ramadan Chan, Sudan Council of Churches

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July 1, 2011

Season of prayer with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near.  Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world are in prayer now and will continue in prayer until and after independence is achieved.

Remembering the role that prayer played in the days before the referendum, a number of faith communities will again come together in a Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan in this time. Specifically, we are invited to pray for thirty minutes on:

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June 30, 2011

World Communion of Reformed Churches issues call for a week of prayer and advocacy for Sudan

World Communion of Reformed Churches
Message from the General Secretary
30 June 2011

In solidarity with the celebration of Southern Sudan’s Independence on July 9, we call on all WCRC member churches and area councils to pray for the people of Sudan between Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10.  We are aware that many of you have been praying for years for peace in this troubled country and urge you to continue to do so.

We ask especially that worship services on Sunday July 3 and Sunday July 10 include times of prayer for a peaceful transition into ...

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June 28, 2011

July 17 - International Justice Day

International Justice Day - July 17 - marks the birthday of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Faith and Ethics Network of the International Criminal court suggests several ways congregations could observe this day:

• Discuss the importance of the ICC;

• Draw attention to ongoing atrocities where the ICC could make a difference.

Learn about the ICC.

• Encourage the United States to join and ratify the ICC.

The 211th General Assembly (1999) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) passed the following resolution supporting the creation of the ICC and encouraging the United States to sign on to and ratify the ICC:

  1. Commend ...

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June 27, 2011

Opportunities to pray with the people of Sudan

We can always pray with the people of Sudan either on our own or as part of the Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan.

Here are two more opportunities:

If you are under the Big Tent in Indianapolis, there will be a time of prayer with the people of Sudan at the beginning of worship on Friday, July 1.

If you are in New York, you are welcome to come to an ecumenical prayer service on July 7, from 9:15-9:45 a.m. at the Church Center for the United Nations (777 United Nations Plaza).

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June 25, 2011

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June is Torture Awareness Month.

June 26 is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has spoken many times against torture.

From the National Religious Campaign against Torture comes a variety of worship resources including this prayer:

God of all ages and times, we give you thanks for your presence among us.

We thank you for creating us in Your image, binding us together as one human family. Open our eyes so that we may see your face in all those around us. Strengthen us so that we ...

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June 22, 2011

Presbyterian leaders offer a call to prayer for Sudan

From the Presbyterian News Service

Bolbach, Parsons, and Valentine urge peace as July 9 independence nears

With violence flaring up in Sudan as the July 9 independence of South Sudan nears, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have called on all Presbyterians to pray for peace in the east African country.

The call was issued by General Assembly Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons and General Assembly Mission Council Executive Director Linda Valentine.

After decades of civil war between the Khartoum-based Islamist government of Sudan and the mainly Christian and animist south, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was ...

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June 16, 2011

Stated Clerk calls for prayer for Nepali Christians

From the Presbyterian News Service:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons has issued a call to prayer for Christians in Nepal, where proposed new laws could severely curtail religious freedom and expression in that country.

The PC(USA) partners ecumenically in Nepal through the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), which appealed to its partners to issue the call to prayer.

The interim constitution in Nepal, adopted in 2007, declares the country a secular state, gives every citizen freedom of opinion and expression and the right to “profess, practice and preserve his/her own religion as ...

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June 15, 2011

Security and Humanitarian Situation in Southern Kordofan, Sudan

The United States Department of State issued the following press statement on the situation in South Kordofan, Sudan:

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2011

The United States is deeply concerned by the rapid and significant deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation in the Southern Kordofan state of Sudan. The Government of Sudan has denied humanitarian flights permission to land in Kadugli for nearly one week. Roadblocks manned by Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Army troops are obstructing access by land. Facilities used by the World Food ...

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June 15, 2011

The writing was on the wall

Writing on white boardActually it was on the white board.

And it was pretty cool.

Love God
Love yourself
Love others

It has been a while since the board in our conference room has seen such creativity.

A group of six high school students (one of whom has actually graduated is "still a high schooler at heart") from Medina Presbyterian Church arrived on Monday for a seminar. Immigration in the United States was the topic they selected.

We adapted the order of the seminar a bit as thye arrived. We began by talking about the situation in South Kordofan, Sudan. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian ...

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June 14, 2011

Look back on the Decade of the Child

Decade of the Child logoAs the Decade of the Child draws to a close in July of 2011, pause to consider what your congregation has done in ministry with and for children, both those within your own walls and those beyond your doors — in your community, the nation and the world. What good programs have you put in place? What special new challenges have arisen in the past ten years? What stubborn problems remain to be addressed? Visit the Child Advocacy website and post a comment about what your church is doing.

Pray for children using the video “For Children We Pray” . Set up ...

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June 10, 2011

Come Holy Spirit to the people of Sudan

Come Holy Spirit, come to the people of Sudan.
Come Holy Spirit, come to break the hold of violence.
Come Holy Spirit, come to turn the people around.
Come Holy Spirit, come to draw the people together.
Come Holy Spirit, come to build unity within diversity.
Come Holy Spirit, come to lead the people in paths of peace.
Come Holy Spirit, come to guide the people to establish justice.
Come Holy Spirit, come to the people of Sudan.
Amen.

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June 6, 2011

Prayers for Sudan- in New York City!

On Ascension Sunday, I attended morning service at Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York City. I was moved when in the prayers and concerns, I noticed the Season of Prayer with the People of Sudan listed as a specific prayer request.  Broadway Presbyterian Church has asked its members to join us in the season of prayer.

In the United States, we will be praying at 11:00 a.m. (EST).  We have invited our sisters and brothers in Sudan to pray with us wherever you are; pray individually or gather with your community or an ecumenical community of an interfaith ...

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June 2, 2011

A prayer of fear and hope for the peoples of Sudan

God of the ages, July 9 draws near and I fear . . . I fear for my brothers and sisters in Sudan. I fear that preparations and plans for the independence of South Sudan have not been carefully made. I fear that the United Nations and the nations and intergovernmental organizations of the world are unclear as to how to engage and support this transition. I fear that individuals and communities and factions will turn too quickly to violence. I fear that war and destruction will again be unleashed: north against south, tribe against tribe, people against people. I fear for my ...

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June 1, 2011

A note of thanks for prayer from South Sudan

In response to prayers for the people of Pibor and Akobo counties of southern Sudan, we have received the following note from our partners in Eastern Jonglei Presbyery:

Brothers and sisters in the Lord

On behalf of Eastern Jonglei Presbytery, SALT (Serving and Learning Together) Leadership and the entire Murle Community, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for moral support and tireless prayers for Murle Community in their time of distress and tribulation caused by their Nuer brothers. God heard your prayers.  The Nuer youth were planning to come back again for a third time but through your prayers ...

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May 31, 2011

UN seeks to aid civilians displaced from Abyei

As the days tick down until July 9, 2011 when South Sudan is scheduled to become independent, a variety of concerns appear. One focuses on Abyei - a region and a town on the border.

The United Nations News Centre notes that:

The disputed town of Abyei, which is contested by both north and south Sudan, was the scene of renewed violence last week, including looting and burning, following the takeover of the area by Sudanese Government forces.

Deadly clashes have claimed dozens of lives since the start of the year, when a referendum on Abyei’s status that was supposed ...

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May 27, 2011

Pray with the people of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 27, 2011

A brief introduction to Sudan

At the Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day held on March 25 before Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the staff of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations led a workshop on Sudan. The workshop included a presentation on the history of...

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May 27, 2011

A Jerusalem Prayer - May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011 begins the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2011. Here is a prayer for that day from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem: Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:9 “In days to come the mountain of the Lord's...

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May 26, 2011

A prayer from the Sudan Catholic Bishop’s Conference in South Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 16, 2011

A prayer for South Sudan and forgiveness

Our loving Heavenly Father, We come before you to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance for South Sudan. Lord,we know that bitterness and resentment are like toxic thorns in our soul, sapping our mental process, thought-life, will,...

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May 13, 2011

Pray with the people of Sudan as South Sudan prepares for independence

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as July 9 – the date when South Sudan becomes an independent nation draws near. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan and around the world...

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May 7, 2011

Prayers for UN staff killed in Bolivia

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations encourages all to join in prayer for four UN staff members and two others killed in a plane crash in Bolivia. We pray for family, friends, colleagues, and all who grieve at the...

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May 5, 2011

A prayer for the National Day of Prayer

Grant us, O God, a vision of this nation as your love would have it: a nation where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor; a nation where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can...

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May 4, 2011

A prayer for the reign of peace

The Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has written a prayer for the reign of peace: Almighty, all-merciful God, through Christ Jesus you have taught us to love one another, to love our neighbors as ourselves,...

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May 3, 2011

PC(USA) resources related to issues raised by the death of Osama bin Laden

The death of Osama bin Laden raises many issues for prayer, study, discussion, and reflection. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a number of resources available to use at this time. Among them are the Resolution on Violence, Religion and Terrorism...

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May 1, 2011

Pray for Sudan

Reports have been received about an increase in violence in central Jonglei state in Southern Sudan. Please hold the people of the region in prayer. Please pray for all the people of Sudan as the process for creating the new...

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April 29, 2011

Resources for World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

Here are some resources to use or adapt for the week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel sponsored by the World Council of Churches on May 29 - June 4. The Jerusalem Prayer for...

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April 27, 2011

Prayer for peace - Sunday 22 May 2011

The World Sunday for Peace is part of th...

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April 25, 2011

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The World Council of Churches invites member churches and related organizations to join a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel on May 29 - June 4. Congregations and individuals around the globe who...

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March 29, 2011

Ten Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Roma starts March 30

Presbyterian Women have a new resource available to help us pray for and learn about the Roma people. This prayer resource is designed for use beginning on March 30. Here is a description from the introduction: The International Day of...

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March 22, 2011

A prayer for Madagascar

written by Cynthia Holder Rich and originally published on ecclesio.com; reposted with permission A Prayer for Madagascar God of Peace, Just Savior, Help us to be servants of those hungry for peace, not division; Strengthen our resolve to stand with...

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March 11, 2011

Presbyterian leaders call for prayer on Japan earthquake and tsunami

“As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God” (Ps. 42:1). The Psalmist’s words of lament resonate deeply during this season of Lent, but especially this day as we witness the destruction from the...

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February 22, 2011

A prayer for North Africa

God of heaven and earth, hear our prayers for our sisters and brothers that are standing up and calling for justice and peace on the northern coast of Africa. Every day we hear of yet another demonstration; and of another,...

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February 18, 2011

Friday prayers for Madagascar

Please hold the people of Madagascar in your prayers. Madagascar's former democratically elected president, Marc Ravalomanana, who was forced to flee the country during the coup d'etat in March of 2009, is scheduled to return to the country on Saturday....

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February 7, 2011

The beginning

The official results of the referendum in Southern Sudan have been announced. The results are an overwhelming - nearly 99% in favor of secession and the creation of a new country. The referendum is recognized as having been successful and...

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January 29, 2011

Prayers for the peoples and nations of the Middle East

In the wake of escalating tensions and civil unrest in the Middle East (and Africa), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have issued a call to prayer for the peoples and nations of the region, as well as for PC(USA) partners. Here...

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January 29, 2011

Pray for the peoples and nations of the Middle East

From the Presbyterian News Service: In the wake of escalating tensions and civil unrest in the Middle East, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders today have issued a call to prayer for the peoples and nations of the Middle East, as well...

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January 27, 2011

International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust

The United Nations has designated 27 January -– the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp -- as an annual International Day of Commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational...

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January 26, 2011

Living as global disciples - adult education class

The people kept coming and more and more chairs were brought into the room. On Sunday, January 23, I had the privilege to lead an adult class at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.We gathered at 12:30, after worship in the Corning...

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January 13, 2011

Prayer request from Lebanon

Lebanese partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) send the following prayer request: Yesterday while our Prime Minister was meeting with President Obama, eleven Lebanese Ministers resigned and as a result we are now without a government. The last six months...

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January 13, 2011

Prayer Service for Sudan at Church Center for the United Nations - Part II

Odyssey Networks has posted a second video from the interfaith prayer service held on Friday, January 7 in the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations with the people of Sudan on the occasion of the referendum...

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January 10, 2011

Prayer service for Sudan at Church Center for the United Nations

Odyssey Networks has posted video from the interfaith prayer service held on Friday, January 7 in the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations with the people of Sudan on the occasion of the referendum in Southern...

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January 8, 2011

Remember

View a video clip of the service from Odyssey Networks. Remember. The interfaith group who gathered today in the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations to pray with the people of Sudan in anticipation of the...

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January 7, 2011

Two days until January 9 referendum in Southern Sudan

Prayer is always in order for the people of Sudan as the referendum on self-determination for Southern Sudan takes place. Join our sisters and brothers in Sudan in prayer between noon and 1:00 p.m. EST or at whatever time is...

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January 5, 2011

Consider fasting with the people of Sudan

People in Sudan plan to engage in the spiritual discipline of fasting in the days leading up to the January 9, 2011 referendum. Consider joining them on Friday, January 7 or at other times during that weekend. Those who are...

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December 23, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 23, 2010

Scripture - Luke 1:57–66 “‘What then will this child become?’ For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.” (Luke 1:66) Mary and her cousin Elizabeth had miraculous pregnancies. As first-time mothers, both were joyous, though like most parents,...

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December 19, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 19, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19 Do you ever feel like it is hard to get God’s attention? Or difficult to figure out where God is? It was hard for the people reflected in Psalm 80 as well. Here they are,...

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December 18, 2010

Preparing for the South Sudan referendum

As the day for the referendum in South Sudan (and hopefully the referendum in Abyei) draws near, here are some observations, reflections, and resources: Pray with the people of Sudan Fast with the people of Sudan Letter to WCC member...

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December 17, 2010

Pray with the people of Sudan - December 17

Join our sisters and brothers in Sudan in prayer today from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m Eastern Time (or its equivalent). Pray where you are. Pray as you are most comfortable. Pray alone. Pray together. Prayer is always appropriate. What...

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December 14, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 14, 2010

Scripture - 2 Peter 1:12–21 The Advent season is a busy time. We often become so distracted by the bright lights, gifts, and festivities that we don’t stop to think about the real reason for the occasion—the birth of the...

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December 10, 2010

Speak up Stop Discrimination - Human Rights Day 2010

December 10 is Human Rights Day. From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study comes this prayer from Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Father, who has set...

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December 8, 2010

Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan

Note some new links. Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On...

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December 3, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 3, 2010

Scripture - Psalm 102 “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that people yet unborn may praise the LORD.” (Psalm 102:18) Many of us know some variation of the proverb “The true meaning of life is to...

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December 1, 2010

Advent Devotion - December 1, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 2:1–4 Isaiah’s vision in the early chapters of his book is mostly of the punishment of Judah and Jerusalem. Judah is to be destroyed because the nation is corrupt; pride and wealth have distorted the nation God...

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November 30, 2010

Advent Devotion - November 30, 2010

Scripture - 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12 What a difference age makes! I used to read Thessalonians, or for that matter any of the apostle Paul’s letters, trying to learn what Paul meant and hoping that I could apply it to my...

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November 29, 2010

Advent Devotion - November 29, 2010

Scripture - Isaiah 1:10–20 “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah...

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November 28, 2010

Advent Devotion – November 28, 2010

Scripture - Romans 13:11–14 When through the 1990s my service in Presbyterian World Mission gave me the privilege of covering our church's relations with the Christian churches in Pakistan, I often found myself in Lahore on Christ the King Sunday....

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November 27, 2010

Sudan bishops give message of hope before vote

Sudan bishops give message of hope before vote Caritas Internationalis, partner of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, has posted a message from the Catholic bishops of Sudan in which they reflect on the upcoming referenda in their country....

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November 21, 2010

Standing with the Malagasy people in challenging times

Many Presbyterian congregations and organizations across the country have mission partnerships in Madagascar – and now our friends and mission partners, indeed the entire Malagasy people, are facing extremely challenging times. Attached is an Action Alert calling for prayer and...

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November 20, 2010

Pray for Madagascar

Some news outlets are reporting that security forces in Madagascar have stormed a military base outside Antananarivo, the country's capital, where dissident soldiers who attempted a coup three days ago have been based. These reports are early, but it is...

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November 19, 2010

A Season of Prayer with the People of Sudan

Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On that same day, a...

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November 19, 2010

Prayers for Sudan

Here are some prayers for Sudan as the referendum on self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan approaches and takes place. Voting begins on January 9 and ends on January 15. Counting the vote may take until February. Download Prayers...

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November 18, 2010

Madagascar: Crisis Heating Up? - International Crisis Group

Here is an analysis of the current situation in Madagascar. Madagascar: Crisis Heating Up? - International Crisis Group. Learn more about Presbyterians in ministry with the people of Madagascar. Hold our sisters and brothers in Madagascar in prayer at this...

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November 7, 2010

Pray for the people of Pakistan

Posted by the Presbyterian United Nations Ministry In the wake of attacks on mosques in Darra Adam Khel and in the Badhber area outside Peshawar, pray for those who were killed and injured in the attacks -- for their families...

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October 22, 2010

The Prospect for Peace in Sudan: A View from Religious Leaders on the Ground - Council on Foreign Relations

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry The delegation of Sudanese church leaders who visited the United Nations community last week made a panel presentation to the Council on Foreign Relations. Find the audio here: The Prospect for Peace in Sudan: A View...

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October 18, 2010

A Prayer for the United Nations

United Nations Day is October 24. Here is a prayer from one of the resources of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program: Great God, supreme ruler of all the earth, give vision to those who serve the United Nations. With justice and...

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October 15, 2010

Looking forward to the return!

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations There are two broad foci to the mission of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations: Inspiring and equipping Presbyterians to live as disciples of Jesus in the global neighborhood Bearing witness for peace...

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October 13, 2010

Sudan: Peace is possible; war is not invevitable

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry Gracious God of peace, you break the bow; you snap the spear asunder; you make wars to cease. We pray that you will touch the hearts, the minds, and the spirits of the leaders of Sudan...

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October 9, 2010

A Season of Prayer for Sudan - Resources

As the January 2011 referendum on self-determination for Southern Sudan approaches, our sisters and brothers in Sudan stand in need of prayer. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and others have called for a season of prayer for Sudan and its people....

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September 24, 2010

A season of prayer for Sudan

Download A Season of Prayer for Sudan Our sisters and brothers in Sudan stand in need of prayer. The Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), at its 17th General Assembly in 2009, made an urgent appeal to all parties to the...

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September 24, 2010

World Communion Day Collect

O great rejected stone, you who are the cornerstone of our hope, be not to us a stumbling block, but build us up into a household of justice and peace. Guide us by your law and fill us with your...

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September 23, 2010

A prayer for World Communion Sunday

O God of majesty, as we gather today to worship you, disquiet us and your whole creation with your peacemaking Holy Spirit quietly insisting, “Know justice, know peace.” As your Son broke bread and gave it to thousands, so call...

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September 22, 2010

International Peacemakers

Our International Peacemakers have arrived. They are in orientation. On Friday they leave for visits across the country. Please hold them and those they will visit in prayer. Gracious God, with joy and thanksgiving, we celebrate the arrival of International...

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September 22, 2010

A prayer for the day for World Communion Sunday

O Creator God, as we gather to worship you on this day, let your Holy Spirit fall upon this community of faith. As we celebrate and partake in Communion with other believers, we ask that you may fill us with...

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September 21, 2010

A collect for World Communion Sunday

O God, author of life and source of hope: Hear our petitions, spoken and unspoken, and gather them together with those of your people around the world so that in our collective life and hope together, we would all be...

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September 20, 2010

An opening prayer for World Communion Sunday

O Redeemer God, as we gather in worship on this World Communion Sunday, we ask that you send your Holy Spirit to fall afresh on us. We pray for your Spirit to awaken new hope in us. Grant us the...

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September 7, 2010

Order 2010 Peacemaking Advent devotion

Order the 2010 Peacemaking Advent devotion from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace contains a daily devotion with each day featuring a different writer. Authors are individuals who have played a key role in the...

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September 7, 2010

Observe International Day of Peace

There are a number of ways to observe the International Day of Peace on September 21. One of them is the initiative A Million Minutes for Peace that invites us to pray for one minute at noon. Other ideas include...

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September 7, 2010

A million minutes for peace

Can you give a minute for peace on September 21 - the International Day of Peace? Will you invite five friends to join you?

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September 4, 2010

To believe a just peace is possible

As direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians begin, the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Gradye Parsons, sent a letter to President Obama expressing appreciation for the president's work toward a just and peaceful solution to the...

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September 3, 2010

Pray for peace talks for Israel, Palestine

Download Litany for the Peace Talks The litany is from the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem. It is intended to support those engaged in peace talks for Israel and Palestine. The Rev'd Canon Robert D. Edmunds, Chaplain...

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August 26, 2010

I pray for peace . . . ribbons from Triennium

Wondering what happened to the Peace Prayer Wall from the Time Zone at the 2010 Presbyterian Youth Triennium? Strands from the prayer wall decorated the worship space and one of the small group meeting rooms for the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar....

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August 26, 2010

A Million Minutes for Peace

September 21 is the International Day of Peace. There are a variety of ways to observe this day. Here's one:

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August 26, 2010

The God of peace is our refuge

The following litany will be used as the call to worship for morning prayers on August 26 at the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar. Consider using this litany in your daily devotions as a way of taking part in the seminar....

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August 25, 2010

I was glad when they said to me

The following litany will be used as the call to worship for the 2010 Peacemaking Seminar. Consider using this litany in your daily devotions as a way of taking part in the seminar. Find the Seminar Worship Book. I was...

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August 25, 2010

Katrina +5; Iraq drawdown

Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week has prayers for those affected by Katrina (on the fifth anniversary of the storm) and Iraq, and those touched by Iraq, as U.S. combat troops leave the country.

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August 25, 2010

Presente!

As the planning team and leaders gathered for the 2010 Presbyterian Peacemaking Seminar gathered, we were reminded that we do not gather alone. We gather within that great mystery of the Communion of Saints - that mystery that we experience...

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August 22, 2010

The clock is running: it's time to pray

January 9, 2011 is the date for an historic vote in South Sudan. On that date, people from Sudan’s oil-producing south are due to vote in a referendum on whether they should secede and form Africa’s newest nation; a plebiscite...

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August 16, 2010

Pakistan floods

Floods have devastated Pakistan. As of August 15, some 1,500 people have been killed. Up to 20 million have lost their homes. Give to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's disaster relief fundUse a bulletin insert from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Pray: Gracious God,...

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August 9, 2010

A prayer on the killing of aid workers in Afghanistan

God of mercy, we come to you in shock, for those who extended aid, those who offered healing, those who provided care, have been met with violence and death. We grieve for those who were killed in Afghanistan. Our minds...

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August 6, 2010

Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers

Find a prayer for peace on Hiroshima Day (August 6) and a prayer for community on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers. Each week the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program provides prayers to be used or adapted in individual devotion or corporate worship.

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July 26, 2010

A prayer about nuclear weapons

Grant us the awareness that true security lies not in nuclear weapons. Grant us the grace to repent our arrogance that allows us to create and rely on nuclear weapons. Grant us the wisdom to conceive a world free from...

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July 23, 2010

I pray for peace . . . Triennium Day 4

Today marked the final day in the exhibit hall at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian United Nations Ministry, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and added their prayers to...

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July 23, 2010

I pray for peace (Triennium, Day 3)

There was a steady flow of people in the exhibit hall of the Presbyterian Youth Triennium today. Many participants stopped by the booth of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Office on Child Advocacy, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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July 22, 2010

A prayer at a time of birth

Please pray for Ms. Judilyn Oliveros of the Philippines. With support from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Judilyn is scheduled to give birth in a hospital by c-section on July 23,...

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July 20, 2010

I pray for peace in . . .

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Child Advocacy Office, and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program invited participants at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium to finish that simple statement by writing on a ribbon about eight inches in length and 5/8...

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July 20, 2010

A prayer for Haiti

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. Open our eyes that we may see you in the people that we meet and in the creation that you have made. Open our ears that we may hear you in...

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July 17, 2010

July 18, 2010, pray with the people of Sudan

The churches in Sudan will pray for their country and its future on July 18, 2010 for the upcoming January 2011 referendum. Will you join them? Will you invite others to pray? Here is a prayer to use or adapt:...

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July 15, 2010

Pray with the people of Sudan

Our colleagues in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum invite us to join our sisters and brothers in Sudan in prayer for the upcoming referendum scheduled for January in Southern Sudan. Dear Friends of the Sudanese people,As you know, communications within...

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June 26, 2010

2010 Advent Devotion book now availble

Order now! Proclaiming the Good News of God's Peace: Advent Devotions 2010 is now available. This booklet, published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, provides a devotion for each day of the Advent season. It is designed to help individuals, households,...

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June 26, 2010

Ten years on

By Matt Lang I was soaked by the end of election day. My shirt felt like something that was growing on me. We waited for the polls to close at a precinct in Surigao City. It was 11:30 pm, the...

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June 20, 2010

Election Day: Colombia

Pray for the people of Colombia as the second round of elections takes place today.

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June 17, 2010

Prayer Partners for General Assembly

As in past years, the General Assembly Committee On Local Arrangements is recruiting Presbyterians to serve as prayer partners for each of the commissioners and advisory delegates. Several hundred more people are needed who will agree to pray each day...

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June 11, 2010

Oracion de esperanza por la paz de colombia

Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo los que hacen la guerra gobernarán nuestros países? Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo los que roban, matan y destruyen tendrán tanto poder? Oh Dios, ¿Hasta cuándo la seguridad será como una larga noche de terror? Oh Dios,...

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June 11, 2010

A prayer of hope for peace in Colombia

O God, how long will those who make war govern our countries? O God, how long will those who steal, kill and destroy have so much power? O God, how long will security be like a long night of terror?...

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June 4, 2010

The Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community

From Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Disability Access/Inclusion Sunday June 27, 2010 Find worship resources. Is the church ready? Are we prepared to be a community of healing for those who are living now, and will be living for many years,...

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June 4, 2010

A prayer in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

God of creation and redemption, we pray for your healing powers upon your earth. As we have failed to be good stewards of creation, save your seas from the pollution of the oil spill. Protect the animals and marshlands from...

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May 25, 2010

A prayer for the people of the Korean peninsula

God of East and West, God of North and South, look with your grace upon the Korean peninsula and its people. Touch hearts and minds on both sides of the 38th parallel. Guide the leaders of North Korea and the...

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May 25, 2010

A prayer for those who seek human rights in Colombia

God of justice, God of compassion, God of peace, we pray for those who work for human rights in Colombia. We give thanks for their commitment to the well-being of all the people. We give thanks for their faithful witness....

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May 24, 2010

Pray for Colombia at the time of presidential election

Reprinted with permission from Called to Colombia. As Colombia moves toward presidential elections, please: Pray for candidates, for honesty, integrity, and an openness to the Spirit in their quest to gain the power to govern. Pray for the judges and...

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May 17, 2010

The Jerusalem prayer for Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem invite churches around the world to pray with them on Sunday, May 30, 2010. Introduction We believe that every human being is created in God’s image and likeness and that every one's dignity is...

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May 17, 2010

Living the Believers’ Calling – a peace blessing bowl

Here's a way congregations can celebrate 30 years of peacemaking: Create a peace blessing bowl for the congregation. Find, make, or purchase a medium-sized bowl. Place small stones in the bowl. Near the bowl place small pieces of paper and...

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May 16, 2010

A prayer after the election in the Philippines

Gracious God, we pray for the people of the Philippines: For those newly elected to office, grant wisdom to govern wisely, end repressive policies, and enact changes that benefit all the people; For candidates who lost in the elections, grant...

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May 15, 2010

Oracion por los inmigrantes

The Rev. Mauricio Chacón Iglesia Presbiteriana Fuente de Esperanza, Houston, Texas Used with permission Guía: Oh Dios, creador y redentor de la humanidad tu nos creaste a todos en este mundo a tu imagen y semejanza. Hoy te alabamos por...

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May 8, 2010

7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 9, the Philippines

As I begin this post, it is seven o'clock a.m. on Sunday morning in the Philippines. The day before the election has dawned. Across the country, people will give thanks and raise their hopes and express their fears in prayer....

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May 8, 2010

A prayer for the Philippines at the time of election

God of compassion, hold the people and the leaders of the Philippines gently in these last days before the election. Fill hearts and guide spirits so that the leaders and people turn from violence. Grant courage to nurture relationships that...

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May 7, 2010

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day

May 8 is World Fair Trade Day. Our colleagues at Enough for Everyone offer a prayer and information about contests, events, a toolkit of activities, product specials, educational materials and more. In the words of the prayer by Melanie Hardison,...

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May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer

Today, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study provides a Minute for Mission about the National Day of Prayer. Joel Hanisek is the writer. "In presidential terms we owe the National Day of Prayer to Harry Truman...

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May 3, 2010

Women for peace

In its strategy to serve the church and help build up women's ministry in the church, and also in response to the need of the church in Iraq, the Near East School of Theology held its third event with Presbyterians...

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May 2, 2010

Observe Torture Awareness Month

June 26 is United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Religious and human rights organizations in the United States have declared the month of June to be Torture Awareness Month as a way to provide greater visibility...

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April 29, 2010

Pray for a world free of nuclear weapons

Grant us the awareness that true security lies not in weapons systems. Grant us the grace to repent our arrogance that allows us to create and rely on nuclear weapons. Grant us the wisdom to conceive a world free from...

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April 21, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Create a Prayer Space

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Create a space in the church where short prayers for peace can be posted. Encourage members to ask for prayers from friends and family in other places. One congregation developed a banner containing prayers for...

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April 20, 2010

Live the Believers' Calling - Pray

Celebrate thirty years of peacemaking Pray for joys and concerns that relate to peacemaking in corporate worship services. Encourage congregants to remember those joys and concerns in their daily prayers. Ask different individuals to select the joys and concerns each...

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April 18, 2010

Election status - Sudan

Our colleagues in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum have issued the following situation report that addresses the status of the election.Dear Sudanese Friends and Friends of the Sudanese, This update specifically addresses the current status of the elections, the results...

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April 11, 2010

Pray for Sudan at election time

The election has started in Sudan. Pray for the people as they vote, as the votes are counted, and as the results of the election are implemented. The Save Darfur Coalition provides a roundup of news, analysis, and opinions from...

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April 7, 2010

Update on situation in Sudan

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum has posted an update on the situation in Sudan. Topics include: US bid to rescue Sudan elections after withdrawals AU sends election monitors to Sudan Scott Gration: Options for South Sudan secession vote Khartoum re-arrests...

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April 7, 2010

Pray for Sudan at the time of the election

Here is a prayer for the people of Sudan as the April 11 election draws near. Gracious God, We seek a just and lasting peace for our brothers and sisters in Sudan. May the Sudanese people never lose hope and...

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March 30, 2010

Face the displaced: Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia

Barranquilla, Colombia Here's the ask: Participate in the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia. This year's focus is on Colombians who are internally displaced. Here's the background: Those of us who have gathered to discuss the Colombia Accompaniment Program,...

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March 29, 2010

A prayer for repatterning our lives at Easter

A prayer for repatterning our lives at Easter Sacred Mystery, We confess that we do not much trust this resurrection story. It doesn’t fit with the headlines about Gaza and a hundred other places. It doesn’t work into our win-lose...

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March 29, 2010

A prayer for Easter

For this Easter day and all the Easters of our lives; We thank you with hearts overflowing, O God. For times when we were violated by word or deed and were raised again; We thank you with the vitality of...

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March 23, 2010

30 ideas for 30 years

Download 30 Ways to Mark 30 Years to find 30 ideas to celebrate 30 years of peacemaking. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, the General Assembly statement that called for a new emphasis on peacemaking...

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March 15, 2010

A Prayer for the People of Myanmar (Burma)

Gracious God, we pray for the people of Myanmar. Guide them in the paths of peace and the ways of justice. We pray for the children of Myanmar, especially those who are soldiers, orphans, refugees, or forced into labor and...

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March 6, 2010

A prayer for the people of Iraq

March 5, 2010 God of all peoples, God of all nations, we pray for the people of Iraq as they participate in elections. Stand with the people as they vote. Turn hearts away from violence. Guide them to live together...

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March 3, 2010

PC(USA) leaders ask for prayer in wake of Chilean earthquake

Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008), and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council, have issued a statement in response to the earthquake that hit Chile...

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March 1, 2010

A prayer for Chile's people

God of comfort, God of compassion, make your presence known to the people of Chile as they seek to from the destructive forces of the recent earthquake. Comfort all who grieve. Work healing in those who are injured. Guide all...

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February 28, 2010

Pray for the people of Chile

From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): On Saturday, February 27, 2010, an earthquake measuring 8.8 occurred off the coast of Chile in the Maule region approximately 115 kilometers north of the country's second largest city, Concepción. Early reports are that there...

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January 13, 2010

Quick takes on Haiti

Here are some links to information and action opportunities concerning the earthquake in Haiti: Pray. Give to disaster relief. Make Gifts of the Heart hygiene kits. A hymn for Haiti. Additional information from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Regarding PC(USA) mission personnel...

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January 13, 2010

Pray for Haiti

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has posted a prayer for the people and nation of Haiti as they struggle to recover from the earthquake. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow notes, "Sometimes in the face of tragedy and feelings of helplessness,...

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January 9, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Litany

Here is a litany written for an interfaith service celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and addressing gun violence. Feel free to adapt or use the litany. If it is used, please include the attribution: Presbyterian Peacemaking...

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January 6, 2010

A Prayer for Peacemakers

Loving God, Grant us a vision of your peace, A passion for that vision, And faith and hope, Courage and wisdom, And all we need to live into that vision. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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December 25, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 25 de diciembre

Léase Juan 1: 1-14 "Y el Verbo se hizo carne y habitó entre nosotros". (Juan 1: 14a) Cuando comemos la cena de Navidad, nuestra familia se reúne alrededor de una gran mesa redonda de roble que ha estado en la...

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December 25, 2009

Advent devotion - December 25, 2009

Scripture - John 1: 1–14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14a) When we eat our Christmas meal, our family will gather around a big, round oak table that has been in the family since our...

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December 24, 2009

Advent devotion - December 24, 2009

Scripture - Isaiah 9:2–7 A child is coming. Do we know the wonder in those words? In the midst of our wilderness a child is coming, and in his hands he can hold our hearts, if we allow it. In...

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December 23, 2009

Dreams for a just and lasting peace

Our friends in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum pass on concerns from our sisters and brothers in Sudan encourage us to pray for a just and lasting peace for all the people of Sudan. Refugees International provide a brief video...

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December 23, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 23 de diciembre

Léase Jeremías 31:10-14 Mi familia llama el día de hoy "Víspera de la víspera de Navidad". Estamos tentadoramente cerca de la celebración. Hemos sentido la inminente llegada. ¡Estamos que reventamos por buscar una montaña en la cual gritarlo a los...

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December 23, 2009

For justice in Maguindanao

Members of the Asia Pacific Forum (APF), representing churches and ecumenical organizations in North America have issued a statement on events in Maguindanao: the massacre of at least 57 civilians by an unidentified militia on November 23, 2009 in Maguindanao...

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December 23, 2009

Advent devotion - December 23, 2009

Scripture - Jeremiah 31:10–14 My family calls today “Christmas Eve Eve.” We’re tantalizingly close to the celebration. We sense the imminent arrival. We’re bursting to go find a mountain on which to tell it! But it’s not here yet. It’s...

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December 22, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 22 de diciembre

Léase Salmo 146 Y hace justicia a los oprimidos, Yahweh da alimento a los hambrientos. (Salmo 146: 7) Las palabras del salmista anticipar la proclamación de Jesús. Nosotros conocemos que Jesús es el Mesías, porque él personifica estas palabras que...

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December 22, 2009

Advent devotion - December 22, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 146 Happy is [the one] who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. (Psalm 146:7) The words of the psalmist anticipate the proclamation of Jesus. We will know Jesus is the Messiah because...

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December 21, 2009

Advent devotion - December 21, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:39–56 It is a challenge to live richly into the anticipation that is Advent—to keep the frenzy and the Christmas rush at bay. Yesterday we celebrated the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The Christmas Eve service is only...

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December 20, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 20 de diciembre

Léase Lucas 1:46 - 55 No es de extrañar que Jesús llegó a ser algo así como un revolucionario. Escucha la canción que aprendió en las rodillas de su madre: "Mi alma engrandece al Señor, se alegra mi espíritu en...

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December 20, 2009

Advent devotion - December 20, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:46–55 It’s no wonder Jesus grew up to be something of a revolutionary. Listen to the song he learned at his mother’s knee: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior ....

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December 19, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 19 de diciembre

Léase Lucas 1:1-25 Adviento es un tiempo jubiloso de anticipación. Estamos a la espera de la llegada de Cristo al igual que los futuros padres esperan con impaciencia la llegada de un bebé. Preparamos la casa, decoramos el cuarto del...

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December 19, 2009

Advent devotion - December 19, 2009

Scripture - Luke 1:1–25 Advent is a joyful time of anticipation. We await the arrival of the Christ just as prospective parents eagerly anticipate the arrival of a baby. We prepare the house; we decorate the room; we receive gifts....

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December 18, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento 17 de diciembre

Léase Salmo 18: 1-20 El Salmo 18 fue la canción de David de triunfo cuando Dios le libró del poder de sus enemigos. Después de que David le pidió ayuda, Dios en su omnipotencia estaba dispuesto a mover cielo y...

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December 18, 2009

Advent devotion - December 18, 2009

Scripture: Genesis 3:8–15 Advent is the story of God’s search for us. God continues to ask, “Where are you?” Genesis 3 confronts us with the process by which human beings began to create separation. The first two chapters of the...

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December 17, 2009

Advent devotion - December 17, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 18:1–20 Psalm 18 was David’s song of triumph when God delivered him from the power of his enemies. After David called on him for help, God in his omnipotence was willing to move heaven and earth to...

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December 16, 2009

Reflexion de Adviento - 16 de diciembre

Léase Salmo 50 En los días más despejados me resulta difícil establecer un equilibrio entre dos cosas a las que siento he sido llamado, trabajar activamente y con honestidad para cuidar de la creación de Dios, y sin reservas el...

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December 16, 2009

Advent devotion - December 16, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 50 On my bluer days I find it hard to balance two things to which I feel called—honestly and actively working to care for God’s creation, and unreservedly celebrating its beauty. It is hard not to temper...

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December 15, 2009

A Christmas prayer 2009

A Christmas prayerGod of glory and God of grace, God who creates and loves us all, God whose Holy Spirit gives us gifts for faithful living, You come to us in a child, Born in Bethlehem, a humble city in...

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December 15, 2009

Advent devotion - December 15, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 33 Who is it the psalmist awaits? To whom is this believer singing praises? This writer praises the one, yes, the only one who is able to deliver on his promises and “redeem the people from death...

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December 14, 2009

Advent devotion - December 14, 2009

Scripture - Psalm 122 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6) Psalm 122 recorded the reflections of pilgrims visiting Jerusalem. They reveled in Jerusalem’s past glories, rejoiced in unity and security, and expressed hope for peace and prosperity. These...

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December 14, 2009

Pray with the people of Bethlehem

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! 3rd Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service Saturday, December 19, 2009 9:30 AM Gathering, 10:00 AM Service (All times are Eastern Standard Time.) This will be a joint simulcast service with the people of Bethlehem and people...

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December 14, 2009

Christmas prayers

Here is a Christmas prayer written this year: A Christmas prayer 2009 Here are some prayers for Christmas that we posted last year. A Prayer for Peace on Christmas Eve A Child Is Coming - A Christmas Prayer On this...

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December 13, 2009

Advent devotion - December 13, 2009

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14–20 “On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice...

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December 12, 2009

Advent devotion - December 12, 2009

Scripture: Haggai 2:1–9 All of us hit a point in our lives when we feel like we have hit rock bottom. Nothing seems to be going right. Compared to the way things were in the past, everything is now a...

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December 11, 2009

Advent devotion - December 11, 2009

Scripture: Haggai 1 In many ways, we are living the days of which Haggai speaks. Our economic and moral stability has been challenged, sending us into a survival mode much like the situation faced by Israel, whom Haggai was addressing....

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December 10, 2009

Advent devotion - December 10, 2009

Scripture: Matthew 23:13–26 If you have ever played a game with a child who makes the rules as the game progresses, you know the child almost always wins. I certainly cannot speak for all situations, but when you create the...

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December 9, 2009

Advent devotion - December 9, 2009

Scripture: Matthew 23:1–12 “The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) According to the world around us, this is the season for shopping, spending, decorating, feasting, and wearing elaborately decorated sweaters. Parties and pageants, tinsel and trees, Santa...

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December 8, 2009

Advent devotion - December 8, 2009

Scripture: Psalm 33 “Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:21–22) Sometimes I question God. How did God,...

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December 7, 2009

Advent devotion - December 7, 2009

Scripture: Psalm 122 Peace within your walls, and security within your towers. (Psalm 122:7) Look at this passage through indigenous eyes. We walk everywhere—to our own little stores and to our neighbors’ and to far-off destinations. Our churches, built better...

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December 6, 2009

Advent devotion - December 6, 2009

Scripture: Luke 1:68–79 When I was young, I saw only a few Christian churches. Today, the number has increased dramatically. When I consider the aim of Christ’s coming and the purpose of the church, I imagine a world where people...

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December 5, 2009

Advent devotion - December 5, 2009

Scripture: Amos 5:18–27 Standing at my office window, I was startled to see the early morning sky fill with roiling storm clouds. Within minutes, torrential rain mixed with hail pelted the glass. Soon a manhole cover on the street below...

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December 4, 2009

Advent devotion - December 4, 2009

Scripture: Matthew 22:1–14 We all receive invitations throughout the year that request our presence at various functions. The gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s invitation for us to have a relationship with him. This invitation comes with the certainty of...

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December 3, 2009

Advent devotion - December 3, 2009

Scripture: Matthew 21:33–46 “Peace on earth,” we say in Advent, we say at Christmas, we say upon the birth of the One we call the Prince of Peace. “Peace on earth,” we say as a hope, a prayer, a longing...

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December 3, 2009

Peace on earth

Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, CA has hung their banner bearing prayers for peace on earth for all to see. How are you sharing the message of peace on earth this Advent?

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December 2, 2009

Advent devotion - December 2, 2009

Scripture: Amos 3:12–4:5 It is easy to get caught up in the spirit of things as we enter Advent. We are called to wait upon the coming of the Lord, and yet we are expected to participate in the merriment...

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December 1, 2009

Advent devotion - December 1, 2009

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7–19 “Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name.” (1 Peter 4:16) Between 1966 and 1976 China witnessed a Cultural Revolution. Many...

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November 30, 2009

Advent devotion - November 30, 2009

Scripture: Psalm 84 “Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.” (Psalm 84:5) The psalmist offers us a glimpse of the energy and grace that come to those who keep their hearts...

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November 29, 2009

Advent devotion - November 29, 2009

Scripture: Joel 2:21–27 Hope. Talk to the land. Console the animals. Tell them not to be afraid, because we will purge the locusts and start anew. The people of the Andes feel that the earth, Pachamama, is a living being,...

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November 25, 2009

Pray for the people of Maguindanao

God of justice, God of compassion, God of peace, comfort those who grieve for the deaths at Maguindanao and in places whose name we do not know, work healing within those who are wounded, stir the conscience of those who...

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November 23, 2009

Pray for peace - November 29

Prayers for peace on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week include a Psalm of Peace, a prayer for Thanksgiving and a prayer for members of the Senate. Use this prayers in individual devotions or corporate worship.

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November 22, 2009

What's on PC(USA) blogs

Here are a few items that have recently appeared on blogs related to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) staff members of program offices. David Gambrell, Associate for Worship, posts a prayer for Thanksgiving. Eco-Journey, from the Environmental Ministries Office, has a link...

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November 19, 2009

Pray for peace - November 22

This week Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for Christ the King or the Reign of Christ Sunday and a prayer for Afghanistan. These prayers may be used in individual devotions or corporate worship.

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November 11, 2009

A prayer for Veterans Day

Righteous God, you rule the nations. Guard brave men and women who risk themselves in battle for their country. Give them compassion for enemies who also fight for patriotic causes. Keep our sons and daughters from hate that hardens, or...

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October 28, 2009

Pray for peace

This week, Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers features a prayer for peace based on Psalm 122, a prayer for farm workers, and a prayer for the time of an election. November 1 is Christian and Citizen Sunday in the Presbyterian Church...

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October 15, 2009

Worship resources for United Nations Day

October 24 is United Nations Day. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian United Nations Office offer worship materials for use on Sunday, October 25 or another time. Download O God Who Formed Creation [PDF], a hymn by the Rev....

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October 9, 2009

Pray for peace October 11

This week, Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer of confession for use on Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday, a prayer for those affected by natural disaster, and a prayer for International Peacemakers and those who hear them. The prayers may...

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October 8, 2009

Prayer for Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday

This Sunday, October 11, raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic — observe Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Sunday. Among the many resources available to plan for this event is the It's a Matter of Faith packet. Order or...

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September 25, 2009

International Peacemakers

At 4:30 in the blessed AM tomorrow (September 25), the first group of International Peacemakers and participants in World Mission Challenge will make their way from the comfort of Wooded Glen to cars and vans to travel to the Louisville...

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September 22, 2009

They are here!

Eleven International Peacemakers have arrived in Louisville. These brothers and sisters from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner churches around the world are currently in a time of orientation (and jet lag recovery!) On Friday, they will begin a period of travel...

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September 22, 2009

Pray for the people of Honduras

After three months in exile following his ouster from power, President Zelaya has returned to Honduras. Pray that the people will be safe, peace will prevail, and justice will be done.

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September 20, 2009

A prayer for International Day of Peace

Looking for a prayer to use during the Million Minutes for Peace initiative on the International Day of Peace? Here's one from Sara Lisherness, Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Compassion, Peace and Justice ministry: Holy God, you are the...

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September 18, 2009

International Peacemakers

Each year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program brings International Peacemakers to the United States to share stories of ministries of peace and justice in their own country. This year's Peacemakers have begun to travel to this country. Their travels through this...

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September 13, 2009

Pray for the people of Sambarial

Pakistani partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) request prayer following the burning of a church in Sambarial. Some thirty Christian families are reported to have fled in fear. It is reported that the burning took place after an alleged desecration...

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September 10, 2009

Pray for peace September 13

Find a prayer for those who weep at night and a prayer to pray with and for the people of Colombia on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers. Use these prayers in individual devotions or corporate worship.

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September 6, 2009

Work for a world without nuclear weapons: Pray

A recent statement by the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches notes that we have entered a season of hope in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons. The statement closes with a prayer:God of all times and seasons,...

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September 6, 2009

A million minutes for peace

Can you give a minute to pray for peace? On September 21, the International Day of Peace, we are invited to pause for a minute at 12:00 noon ET and pray in our own way for peace. If that time...

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September 2, 2009

This Thursday evening, every Thursday evening . . .

. . . pray with and for the people of Colombia. Our sisters and brothers in Christ in Colombia have invited us to join with faithful people in Colombia's ecumenical community and around the world in praying for peace, justice,...

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September 2, 2009

Pray for peace

This week on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers find a prayer for Labor Day and a prayer for God's transforming grace. Use these prayers in private devotions or corporate worship.

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August 31, 2009

Examine food sovereignty at home and abroad

This weekend is the September fast for the global food crisis. Presbyterians will come together during the weekend of September 4 through 6 to fast in recognition of food sovereignty. Use the September fast materials to examine food sovereignty, a...

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August 31, 2009

Respond to God's call to do justice

Celebrate Labor Day this year by examining the PC(USA)’s work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on the Campaign for Fair Food. Get resources for preaching and worship including lectionary commentary [PDF], a prayer of confession [PDF] and a prayer...

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August 28, 2009

Christians in Iraq

The Obama Administration recently responded to the July 22 letter from Churches for Middle East Peace [PDF] to Secretary Clinton that expressed concern about the resurgence of violence in Iraq, particularly violence toward the vulnerable and ancient Christian community. The...

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August 22, 2009

Pray for the people of Honduras

A call to prayer and expression of concern for Honduras comes from the Central America and Mexico Office with information from PC(USA) mission workers Tim and Gloria Wheeler. Here are the prayer requests. During this time of great difficulty in...

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August 18, 2009

Pray for peace

Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week includes prayers for health, wholeness, and health care and for Sudan. Use or adapt these prayers in private devotion or in corporate worship.

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August 17, 2009

We give thanks . . .

. . . for the life and love, witness and ministry of Jim McGinnis. Jim McGinnis, co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), passed away suddenly on Thursday, August 13. Jim died of an apparent heart...

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August 13, 2009

Unlock the camps in Sri Lanka

Amnesty International provides an opportunity to call on the Sri Lankan government to allow displaced civilians freedom of movement. 300,000 people displaced by the fighting in Sri Lanka are held by the government in camps that they cannot leave. The...

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August 8, 2009

Violence between Muslims and Christians in Pakistan

The Office on Interfaith Relations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reports: Mob attacks on Christian homes in Korian and Gajra, Pakistan, resulted in many injuries and a number of deaths. The National Council of Churches in Pakistan confirmed nine deaths...

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August 4, 2009

Pray for peace

Prayers this week on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers include a prayer for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Sunday, August 9 and a litany of thanksgiving. Use or adapt these prayers for use in corporate worship or individual devotions.

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July 29, 2009

6 August - Hiroshima Day

August 6 marks the anniversary of Hiroshima Day. This is a day to: remember those who died and were wounded by the bombing Hiroshima remember all people of every nation who died and were wounded during World War II recognize...

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July 25, 2009

Pray for the Philippines

President Barack Obama will host a visit from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines this week. Recognizing the human rights abuses that have occurred in the Philippines in recent years, a Prayer Vigil (PDF) will take place in Washington, DC...

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July 17, 2009

Pray for Iraqi Christians

Please pray for the Christians of Iraq. This past weekend attacks in the capital, Baghdad, and the northern city of Mosul reportedly killed at least four people, and injured dozens more, including children. The top United Nations envoy to Iraq...

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July 1, 2009

Pray for peace - July 5

This week's Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes prayers for July 4, Iran, Peru, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These prayers may be used or adapted in personal devotions or corporate worship.

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June 22, 2009

Pray for peace - June 22

This week, Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers features prayers for Disability Access/Inclusion Sunday, Iran, and Peru. The prayers may be adapted or used in private prayer or corporate worship.

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June 18, 2009

Pray for peace

Prayers on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week include a prayer of confession for Men of the Church Sunday and a prayer for seeing God in one another. The page includes a daily lectionary drawn from the Biblical Witness to...

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June 15, 2009

Pray for Iran

Events in Iran following the election, are astounding the world. Here are a couple places to follow events in Iran: MSNBC is posting updates as is the BBC. Trita Parsi, president and cofounder of the National Iranian American Council suggests...

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June 10, 2009

Pray for peace

This week on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers, find a litany for the Middle East as well as prayers for Angola, Mozambique, and Pakistan.

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June 4, 2009

Update - Sri Lanka

The people of Sri Lanka remain in need of prayer as they seek justice and work to rebuild. The UN Security Council will hear a briefing from the Secretary-General on June 5. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance continues to participate in the...

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May 28, 2009

Pray for peace

This week's prayers on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for Pentecost from Justice and Peace Shall Kiss: Praying through the Year, a new resource from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, as well as prayers for Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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May 25, 2009

A prayer on Memorial Day 2009

Eternal God, from whom all life comes, to whom all life returns, we remember all who served our country in the military. We remember and we give thanks. We give thanks for sacrifices made and losses endured. We give thanks...

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May 13, 2009

Learn, pray and act for Sri Lanka

The situation faced by many of our sisters and brothers in Sri Lanka is grim. Learn more. Pray. Act. May God grant peace and justice for the people.

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May 7, 2009

Pray for Peace

This week, Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers features prayers for Sri Lanka and the women who have shaped and guided our lives. A reflection on Mother's Day is also included.

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April 24, 2009

Pray for Peace

This week's Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for Rural Life Sunday, a prayer for the war in Iraq by the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, and a prayer for those who live in poverty. Use or adapt the...

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April 10, 2009

Easter prayer from Jerusalem

Heavenly Father, In the Resurrection of Jesus and the subsequent outpouring of your Holy Spirit you showed the disciples they had power and authority to conquer in your name; convince your people today of the gifts you have entrusted to...

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April 7, 2009

Pray for Peace

Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers this week includes prayers for peace at Easter and a prayer for the aftermath of gun violence. Use these prayers in your individual devotions and corporate worship.

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March 17, 2009

Pray for Madagascar

In the wake of a violent power struggle, our church partners in the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) have requested prayer. Presbyterian ministry with the FJKM supports an environmental program and helps dig wells. May the people know...

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March 11, 2009

Pray for peace

This week Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers includes a prayer for the third Sunday of Lent, a prayer of confession related to the use of torture, and a prayer for Sudan. Use or adapt these prayers in corporate worship or individual...

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March 6, 2009

Pray for Peace

Prayers are posted on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers for use on Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday (PDF), March 8 and the World Day of Prayer on March 6. Continuing the emphasis of the fast for the global food crisis,...

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March 2, 2009

Worship resources to address torture during Lent

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and No2Torture, a grass-roots Presbyterian group, offer a number of worship resources to help Presbyterians address issues around stopping torture during this Lenten season. Presbyterian General Assemblies have made a number of statements related to torture...

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March 1, 2009

World Day of Prayer - March 6

March 6 is the World Day of Prayer. This day is a world wide movement of Christian women of many traditions who gather in their own countries to observe a common day of prayer each year. Each year focuses on...

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February 25, 2009

Pray for Peace

Three prayers appear this week on Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers. There is a prayer for Sri Lanka by one of my colleagues who has family in that war-torn country; a prayer for Sudan in relation to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s...

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February 19, 2009

March Fast for Global Food Crisis

The March fast for the global food crisis (which takes place on February 27 to March 1) focuses on Sudan and looks at the connections between War, Hunger and Recovery. As well as the materials for the fast, a special...

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February 17, 2009

Prayers for Peace

This week's Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers page includes prayers for Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Sudan.

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February 10, 2009

Pray for Peace

Each week, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program posts prayers for peace on the Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers. This week's prayers focus on Sudan and our elected officials. The page also includes a daily lectionary of Bible readings that explore the richness...

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January 10, 2009

Countdown to End Torture

The National Coalition against Torture has launched the Countdown to End Torture campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage President-elect Barack Obama to end U.S.-sponsored torture on his first day in office by issuing an executive order based...

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December 31, 2008

Presbyterian leaders speak to the situation in Gaza and Israel

The leaders of the Presbyterian Church have issued a brief statement on the violence in Gaza and Israel. December 30, 2008 Even as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we are anguished by stories of violence and...

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December 30, 2008

Act for Peace in Gaza

Violence continues in Gaza - the violence of Hamas rockets and the violence of the Israel Defense Forces and the violence of the blockade of Gaza. Inspired by the nonviolent Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, Christians trust that...

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December 16, 2008

A Prayer for Peace on Christmas Eve

Here's a prayer you are welcome to use or adapt in personal devotions or corporate worship: God of life and God of hope, we give you thanks and praise this night as we gather to remember the birth of Jesus...

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December 6, 2008

More on Prayers with Bethlehem, Israel, Palestine

An earlier posting addressed the new tradition of praying for justice, peace and security for Bethlehem, Palestine and Israel. The email messages go to the Arab Educational Institute (also known as AEI-Open Windows). Their email address is aei@p-ol.com. AEI-Open Windows...

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November 28, 2008

Pray for the Little Town of Bethlehem . . .

. . . and the people of Israel and Palestine. As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, we are invited to pray for justice, peace and security for Palestine and Israel - and to send a prayer or...

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November 14, 2008

Protect Civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Amnesty International has posted an alert allowing us to act on behalf of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The situation in the DRC remains on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. The priority at the moment...

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November 9, 2008

Pray and Act for Christians in Iraq

The following was sent by the executive committee of the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches. I received it last night. It specifically asks for prayer on November 9 (today) but prayer is always in order. It also asks...

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November 9, 2008

Courage and Hope - A Prayer for Iraqi Christians

This prayer comes from members of the Iraq Partnership Network (IPN) who pray this prayer and share it with all who may wish to join us. It is patterned after a prayer written by an Iraqi Presbyterian elder. The IPN...

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October 27, 2008

Global Food Crisis Fast - November 2008

Presbyterians around the country are engaging in monthly 40-hour fasts to help discern responses to the Global Food Crisis. The fasts typically take place on the first weekend of every month, beginning on Friday evening and ending with Communion or...

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October 15, 2008

Resource for Praying with Iraqi Christians

A new bulletin insert offers an invitation to pray with the Christians of Iraq, Iraqi refugees, all Iraqis, those serving in our military and their families, and all impacted by the war. The insert provides an overview of the history...

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October 15, 2008

Pray for Christians in Iraq

Religious leaders around the world, including those in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), are asking their members to pray for the Christian community in Iraq and particularly the northern city of Mosul, where more than two dozen Christians have been murdered...

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September 23, 2008

Pray for India

Join in prayer for the Christian community in India on September 25, 2008. If you are in Washington, DC and are able, join a Peace Rally / Prayer Vigil from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Lafayette Square. Those in...

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September 22, 2008

International Day of Peace in Atlanta

How did you celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sunday? I had the privilege to worship twice in Atlanta. The morning started at First Afrikan Presbyterian Church in Lithonia for the Sisterhood Celebration Worship Service. Through song and dance...

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September 18, 2008

Respond to the Cry of the Poor

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Because we are called by Christ to respond to the cry of the poor, we invite you to take action with us by joining in an important new churchwide initiative, which we pray will...

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September 5, 2008

Pray with Christians in India

The National United Christian Forum in India has called churches to observe September 7 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace and Goodwill in response to the violence against Christians in the state of Orissa. The Forum invites...

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August 15, 2008

We Will Pray for You

We will pray for you. That's at the heart of a letter (PDF) sent to church partners who find themselves in the midst of the current violence in Georgia and Russia by Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly...

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June 6, 2008

Pray for the Peace of Bethlehem

Read prayers and greetings from over thirty countries for the people of Bethlehem and Jerusalem for all Palestinians and Israelis. These prayers and greetings have been sent as part of International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel. The...

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May 11, 2008

Mustard Seed People: 2008 Peacemaking Conference

Will there be something for everyone at the 2008 Peacemaking Conference? Probably not. That's a fairly impossible goal. But there will be something for lots and lots and lots of folk. Prayer. Worship. Music. Keynote addresses. Fellowship time. Energizers. Relationship...

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March 13, 2008

Fifth Anniversary of War in Iraq

Five years. It has been five years. Whatever one thinks about the war and the ongoing aftermath in Iraq, the fifth anniversary on March 19, brings a moment for reflecting, remembering, and thinking for the future. We mark such an...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: That I Will Be Able to Continue This Work

For seven months, the Rev. Buhle Mpofu has served as the HIV and AIDS Coordinator for the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (UPCSA). The church has identified addressing HIV and AIDS one of its three mission priorities. The HIV...

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February 29, 2008

South Africa: That They Will Have Strength

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Africa (EPCSA), formerly known as the Tsonga Presbyterian Church, resulted from work of the Swiss Mission in South Africa that began in the Northern Transvaal in 1875. Today the Rev. Esther Maringa serves as...

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