International days of Action against gender violence
Lord we pray today for those in a violent situation at home; a home that should be a place of safety, and love. Lord protect all who suffer at the hand of a partner.|
Loving Lord, show your compassion to the children living in a home devoid of love and care; children who listen behind closed doors. Keep them safe Lord and grant us strength to protect the weak.
Luke 18: 15-17
Today Lord we ask for a listening ear, a kind face and a shoulder to cry on, for those who need it. Make us into those people, make us aware, help us to recognise the silent plea as well as the anguished cry. Grant us your peace.
Philippians 2: 1-4
Lord we can be a caring people. You have given us that gift, that ability to hear the cry in the wilderness. Make our churches places of safety and make us channels of your peace.
John 13: 31-35
Loving God, give each of us a sense of identity and help us to assure those who feel threatened, that they are remembered by name and valued as individuals.
Matthew 10: 26-31
O God of peace and justice inspire us to break down all tyranny and oppression that each may live for all, and all may care for each in the name of Jesus Christ. Let no one be reduced to an object by human greed and abuse of power.
Isaiah 42: 1-7
|Day 7: World AIDS Day
Dear Lord, you came into this world so that we should know that you love and care for us. With your help, let us share your love and care for all whose lives have been changed by HIV/AIDS and bring them help and comfort so that they may be encouraged to live positively.
2 Corinthians 4: 6-9
AIDS has caused sufferers to feel separated from you and they ask “why me?” Help them to remember that you do not punish your creation by bringing disease, but that you are with them walking close beside them, sharing their pain.
John 11: 17-35
Lord we pray for all who suffer loss through AIDS. We pray for the families and we pray for the children - the children who have lost parents, the mother who has lost a child. Bring comfort to the dying and to those who mourn. Grant strength to those who care for the orphans.
Psalms 16: 6-11
Father, whose love encourages all, help those whose instinct is to assert themselves by inflicting pain on others. Reveal yourself to them so that they may know your strength and redeeming grace.
Exodus 5: 1-9
Christ, healer, by your wisdom guide the researcher, the environmentalist, the scientist; all who seek to bring us safe surroundings in which to live and work.
Proverbs 4: 1-9
Lord when we look at this world we see suffering and conflict; people at war killing for peace, plundering your creation and exploiting your people. Help us to reach out with your healing and to make peace in your name.
Genesis 1: 24-31
Lord from the comfort of our own homes we look at a world torn apart. Help us not to be slow to speak up for justice. For every wound to body, mind and spirit we pray for repentance and healing.|
Lord Help me to be a comforter to others, to listen and not always speak, to understand more and judge less. And may the Church, in Jesus’ name, offer that healing and comfort.|
Grant us, O Lord, the grace of welcoming others, the courage to take risks, the confidence to declare your love and the joy of giving you praise.
Luke 14: 7-14
|Day 16: International Human Rights Day
For every brave word and deed and gift and touch that challenges cruelty and heals the hurting, we give thanks and pray for equal courage in our walk with each other and with you.
Micah 6: 6-8