Please join me today in lighting a candle and praying for the Ukraine who has been invaded by Russia. In the face of war on another continent we may feel hopeless and helpless. While it may be difficult to watch and hear what is unfolding in the Ukraine, especially as we hear about an all ready rising death toll, one thing that we can do to support the situation is to keep attuned to what is going on and to offer our prayers. Below are words and prayers from the Anglican and United Methodist churches.
Peace in Christ,
The world is dismayed, though perhaps not surprised, to find that Russia has illegally invaded Ukraine in an act of unprovoked and unjustified aggression. We fear that the toll on the brave people of Ukraine will be heartrending and dreadful. The world has had to engage in defensive action to protect the innocent and to contain aggressors in the past.
We must pray for the government and people of Ukraine, the people of Russia who live under an authoritarian regime, for the leaders of the world that they will respond with wisdom and courage and for the restraint of evil and the restoration of peace, with justice.
Psalm 10 says “Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.”
And so we ask –
Sovereign Lord, you observe all those who dwell on earth. Have mercy we pray on those who now suffer the miseries of a war not of their own making. Have compassion on the wounded and dying; comfort the broken-hearted; confound the hatred and madness of those who make war; guide our rulers, bring war to an end, bring peace across the world. Unite us all under the reign of your Son, the Prince of Peace, before whose judgement seat the rulers of the world will give account, and in whose name we pray. Amen.
Archbishop Kanishka Raffel,
Sydney, February 24, 2022
And from the Methodist Church:
Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of the Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.