Call to prayer for Iraq and Syria on 31 August
26 August 2014
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People are being urged to dedicate a special time of prayer to
the ongoing crisis in Iraq and Syria next Sunday.
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the
Revd Ken Howcroft and Ms Gill Dascombe, are asking Methodists to
ensure that they spend some special time in prayer for persecuted
minorities during worship on 31 August.
They have written this special prayer for use by churches and
groups (responses in bold):
God of love, guide us as we
God of love, guide us as we pray.
God of all nations and peoples, hear our prayers for the people of
Syria and Iraq, and for all whose lives are torn apart by hatred
and violence, whose heartbreak is more than we can imagine:
God of compassion, guide us as we pray.
For leaders and politicians and those who seek to negotiate for
peace, whose responsibility is more than we could bear:
God of wisdom, guide us as we pray.
For aid workers, medical staff, those who care for refugees,
orphaned children and older people, whose daily workload is more
than we could tolerate:
God of goodness, guide us as we pray.
For those who feel compelled to accomplish their justice through
warfare or terrorism, whose motivation is more than we can
God of justice, guide us as we pray.
For ourselves, who look on, devastated and helpless, praying to
our God whose peace is beyond our understanding:
God of peace, guide us as we pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy
"The situation in Iraq and Syria can only be described as a
living nightmare," said Mr Howcroft and Ms Dascombe, adding, "as
Methodists we stand in solidarity alongside all those who are
persecuted. As followers of Jesus who was crucified we stand with
all those who find their religion twisted by others out of all
recognition in order to justify horrific acts of violence. We stand
in prayer, crying out together to a God of justice, peace and
mercy. May God have mercy on us all."