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A Liturgy for Famine

Liturgy has a powerful role in enabling the body of Christ to cry out to God in a united voice.

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Let us pray for the starving men, women and children whose faces and stories fill our newspapers, televisions and computer screens. You are invited to respond with the phrase “hear our prayer.”

A Liturgy for Famine

For the millions who are facing starvation,
who are ill or malnourished, and have no access to medical care,
God of love and justice, hear our prayer.

For the hundreds of thousands who have fled their homes,
traveling long distances in search of food and better conditions,
God of love and justice, hear our prayer.

For the mothers and fathers who are watching their children die of starvation,
for those who have lost all hope,
God of love and justice, hear our prayer.

Let’s also pray for those who are already at work responding to the famine. You are invited to respond with the phrase “grant them strength and wisdom.”

For local, national and international agencies raising awareness and collecting donations,
God of love and justice, grant them strength and wisdom.

For world governments – and our government, as they decide how best to respond to the crisis,
God of love and justice, grant them strength and wisdom.

For those on the ground, working with the hungry, the sick, and the dying, those negotiating with local governments, and arranging shipments of food and other supplies,
God of love and justice, grant them strength and wisdom.

Let’s also pray for ourselves, and our own response. You are invited to respond with the phrase “open our hearts and prompt us to action.”

For those of us who have far more food than we need,
and money and resources that we could share,
God of love and justice, open our hearts and prompt us to action.

For those of us who can speak out against injustice and inaction,
and encourage our government’s quick and generous response,
God of love and justice, open our hearts and prompt us to action.

For those who can find creative ways to raise funds,
for those who are willing to continue praying,
God of love and justice, open our hearts and prompt us to action.

In Your mercy, Lord, open our eyes and our hearts to the plight of our starving brothers and sisters. Inspire us to greater compassion, love and generosity – the same compassion, love and generosity that You have shown toward us. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who came to bring abundant life for all. Amen.

By Christine Longhurst re-worship.blogspot.com



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