Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

MONDAY THE NINTH OF JULY, 2018

OPENING PRAYER

Holy are you, O God!
Holy are you, O Strong One!
Holy are you O Immortal One!

Have mercy on us!

CANTICLE

You holy souls in God rejoice, your maker’s praise becomes your voice;
great is your theme, your songs be new: sing of his name, his word, his ways,
his works of nature and of grace, how wise and holy, just and true!

Justice and truth he ever loves and the whole earth his goodness proves,
his word the heavenly arches spread: how wide they shine from north to south!
and by the spirit of his mouth were all the starry armies made.

He gathers the wide flowing seas, those watery treasures know their place
in the vast storehouse of the deep. He spake, and gave all nature birth;
and fires, and seas, and heaven, and earth; his everlasting orders keep.

Let mortals tremble and adore a God of such resistless power,
nor dare indulge their feeble rage: vain are your thoughts, and weak your hands;
but his eternal counsel stands and rules the world from age to age.

( Isaac Watts )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Tear Down that Wall?

The displacement of Palestinians from their land goes back to 1948 and the creation of the state of Israel. Seven hundred thousand Palestinians were removed from Israel. After the 1967 “Six Day War” another three hundred thousand left Israel. By 2018 the number of Palestinian refugees listed with the United Nations stood at seventeen million.

Palestinians support the Palestinian right of return of refugees and their descendants to former lands and property, in Israel and the occupied territories, as well as the creation of a Palestinian state. Israel’s refusal to grant these demands over the years, despite a long peace process, has led to Palestinian protest, political action and political violence

In 2002 Israel began the construction of the “Separation Wall,” in order to restrict access to Israel by Palestinians. On the ninth of July, 2004, the International Court of Justice at The Hague in a non-binding opinion declared the barriers illegal under international law and called on Israel to dismantle the walls, return confiscated land and make reparations for damages.

On a trip to the Holy Land in 2014, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at the Separation Wall to pray and spontaneously invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to join him at the Vatican to pray for peace. Not much seems to have come from this gesture, and the Separation Wall continues to be a source of friction and an obstacle to peace.

Scripture. In the "Book of Lamentations," chapter three, verses seven to nine, we read:

He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me; though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer; he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... that the walls the nations have built to separate people from one another are torn down and that no new ones are built.

... for the people of Argentina, Palau, São Paulo and South Sudan, who celebrate their national days today.

... for the successful completion of the rescue of the boys and their football coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. DETAILS

... for those killed or injured by floods in Japan, for those who are missing and for all who have lost their homes. DETAILS

... for an end to sectarian violence and hatred in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

... for the people of Turkey as their nation turns from being a democracy to being a dictatorship; for all those who have been removed from their jobs by  President Erdogan. DETAILS

... for mistreated pets.

... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

READING

"They Want Us To Be Afraid" by Kamand Kojouri:

They want us to be afraid.
They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.
They want us to barricade our doors
and hide our children.
Their aim is to make us fear life itself!
They want us to hate.
They want us to hate ‘the other’.
They want us to practice aggression
and perfect antagonism.
Their aim is to divide us all!
They want us to be inhuman.
They want us to throw out our kindness.
They want us to bury our love
and burn our hope.
Their aim is to take all our light!
They think their bricked walls
will separate us.
They think their damned bombs
will defeat us.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that my soul and your soul are old friends.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that when they cut you I bleed.
They are so ignorant they don’t understand
that we will never be afraid,
we will never hate
and we will never be silent
for life is ours!

CLOSING PRAYER

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through Jesus Christ our saviour and lord. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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