Posted by: Titus Presler | September 18, 2010

Litany for Pakistan lifts up suffering of nation and Christian community

Litany for Pakistan

Used during the International Peacemakers program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) by Bp. Mano Rumalshah, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Peshawar, September-October 2010

O God, we gather as the Body of Christ in unity with Christians in all times and places, and especially in unity with the suffering people of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Lord, we gather in your presence.

 

O God, we gather as the Body of Christ in community with the young people of your church, both in south Asia and here, so gifted, hopeful and visionary.

Lord, we gather with your young people.

 

O God, we gather in awareness of your call to us to be your hands and feet in the world that you love, a world so full of possibility and yet a world so wounded by distrust, hatred, violence and environmental degradation.

Lord, we gather knowing your call to us.

We give you thanks, O God, for the faithful witness of your church in Pakistan in the midst of poverty, discrimination and persecution, for the congregations, people and clergy.

Thank you, Lord, for your holy people.

 

We give you thanks, as well, for the history of witness to Christ and service to people that missionaries and local Christians have offered in Pakistan over the past 150 years.

Thank you, Lord, for your presence in history.

We give you thanks, O God, for the many institutions in which your church in Pakistan offers witness and service through education, medical care and technical training to the people of that nation, regardless of religion, class, ethnicity or caste, and for the many teachers and medical staff who serve in them.

Thank you, Lord, for your people’s witness and service.

We pray, O God, for the unity and fellowship of Christians in Pakistan, especially that they may rise above denominationalism and may move towards being one in Christ.

God, we pray for unity.

We pray for all Christians who suffer discrimination, prejudice and torture, that you may sustain them in their faithfulness, especially those who are being victimized under blasphemy laws.

God, we pray for the persecuted.

We pray for the other religious minorities in Pakistan – the Hindus, Sikhs, and Ahmadis – who suffer equally because of their belief systems.

God, we pray for all religious minorities.

We pray for Christian communities in areas of where terrorism is rampant, that you will protect your faithful servants and fill them with the courage of your Holy Spirit.

God, we pray for those in localities of exposure.

We pray for those of all communities who have suffered at the hands of terrorists, those who have lost their lives, those who have been maimed, the many who have been traumatized by seeing and being threatened with violence, and those who are bereaved of their loved ones.

God, we pray for the wounded and bereaved.

 

We pray, as well, for all who are engaged in terrorism, kidnappings and suicide bombings, that you may change their hearts and convert them to a life of peaceful coexistence.

God, we pray for the perpetrators of violence.

 

We pray for the innocent people killed and traumatized by drone attacks from the air.

God, we pray for those suffering as innocent bystanders.

 

We pray for those still recovering from the earthquake of 2005 and for the millions affected by this summer’s catastrophic flooding, that you will inspire people worldwide to reach out to assist them in their recovery.

God, we pray for the victims of natural disasters.

 

We pray for the Muslim majority in Pakistan, that they may follow the true values of Islam, respect and honor people of others faiths, reject discrimination and injustice. and offer justice and peace

God, we pray for all Muslim people.

 

We pray, O God, for the people of the United States in these days of rising tension between Islam and Christianity, that you will nurture mutual respect and especially, that as Jesus asks us, “Who do you say I am?” you will inspire us and all Christians to witness through living for the other.

God, we pray for interfaith healing in our nation.

 

We pray, O God, that you will help us and people everywhere to overcome barriers of prejudice and hatred across races and religions, that we may become ambassadors of the  peace and reconciliation you offer the world in Jesus Christ our Savior.

Transform us, O God, to be the people you intend us to be

that your world may be transfigured

in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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