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PRAYERS 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
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;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Amen.




PRAYER:


For the gifts of home, of shelter, of places where we can freely pray and play, for the right to think and speak, we thank you, Lord.

For our brothers and sisters whose homes are torched, whose children are scattered, who must turn down their eyes and fence their mouths, Lord we pray.

For the hands that have touched us in love, the hearts that have wept and laughed with us, for the kindly word, the space given us to fall and rise again, we thank you, Lord.

That our hearts may be open, our hands ready, and our words welcoming to those who have lost their home and need to start again, Lord we pray

Lord, you came from a far country to join us and to share our life. We pray for those who, like you, have been driven out of their city and left to die. May we tend their wounds and find them a place in our world.




PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO SEEK REFUGE IN OUR LAND


Sheltering God,
You were born in flight,
Your parents anxious and given no rest.
The manner of your birth calls us to
Open-heartedness and sensitivity to the strangers in our midst.
Help us not to flee your challenge.
The violence of the present time teaches us fear of the stranger,
Reluctant to reach out to those who are different.
Grace us this day as we seek
To see you in the faces of those uprooted,
Weary, as they seek refuge and peace. Amen.

Blessed are the wanderers and those adrift.
Blessed are the strangers at our door.
Blessed are the unfed, the homeless on the road.
Blessed is the child crying in pain.
Blessed is the mother working to provide for her children, left behind in her native country.
Blessed are those who welcome Christ to be born again when they welcome these ones.
Blessed are we who struggle to make a place in our hearts for all of our brothers and sisters. Amen.


O God,
You welcome all your children,
And embrace the prodigals ones,
Help us open our hearts
And welcome all who come, searching
As our ancestors did,
For asylum and the promise of a new land, a new life.

Root out fear from our souls;
Help us form the words
‘Sister’ and ‘Brother’
As we greet those who seek refuge in our land.
Let us remember that,
With your grace,
There are enough loaves and fishes
To go around
If we come together
As your family.

Give us the courage
And the compassion
To respect the rights of all
In this country of abundance,
To embrace all in
The name of your love.


Amen.




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