Prayer Concerns & RequestsWeek of October 17 - October 23, 2021
October 17, 2021
- Alison M. expressed her gratitude for the beautiful weather during our outdoor service.
- Inspired by Brian’s message, Carol M. shared her dream of being an anti-racist.
- Karen D. requested prayer for the family of Rebecca Cahill, who died last week. Karen also requested prayer for her sister-in-law Ginny, who had bypass surgery last week.
- Joe L. expressed gratitude that his mother’s health has improved of late.
- Rick S. expressed gratitude that his brothers Ed and Tom spoke for the first time in many years during last weekend’s memorial service for his Aunt Esther.
- Kamala R. thanked Heidi, Joe, Eli & Wyatt S., Jim M., and Ethan R. for their work cleaning up the Little Miami River on Saturday morning.
- Kristen W. requested prayer for the 17 Christian Aid Ministries* missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti.
Nate W. for SLT
*Christian Aid Ministries is predominantly a conservative Mennonite (Beachy Amish) international outreach group, headquartered in Berlin/Millersburg Ohio.
A Peacemakers’ Prayer
Gracious Lord, we dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, and we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence. And we pray for your peace.
When our hearts ache for the victims of war and oppression, help us remember that you healed people simply by touching them. Give us faith in our ability to comfort and heal bodies and minds and spirits that have been broken by violence.
When the injustice of this world seems too much for us to handle, help us remember that you fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Give us hope that what we have to offer will turn out to be enough, too.
When fear of the power and opinions of others tempts us not to speak up for the least among us, help us remember that you dared to turn over the tables of money changers. Give us the courage to risk following you without counting the cost.
When we feel ourselves fill with anger at those who are violent and oppressive, help us remember that you prayed for those who killed you. Give us compassion for our enemies, too.
When we tell ourselves that we have given all we can to bring peace to this world, help us remember your sacrifice. Give us the miracle of losing a little more of ourselves in serving you and our neighbors.
Walk with us, Lord, as we answer your call to be peacemakers. Increase our compassion, our generosity and our hospitality for the least of your children. Give us the courage, the patience, the serenity, the self-honesty and the gentleness of spirit that are needed in a world filled with turmoil and terror.
(From MCC, The Peace Prayers Packet )