Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Prayer for Indonesia

Written by Rev Dr Ji Zhang, Assembly Theologian-in-Residence
Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

This prayer is for the 189 people who lost their lives on a Lion Air plane that crashed in Indonesia on Monday 29 October.

O everlasting God, giver of life,
we come before you in sorrow and prayers.
Today we pray for 189 victims in the plane crash outside of Jakarta.
We hear the cries of orphaned children and bereaved parents
We feel the pain of partners and family members
We behold all of them in our prayers.

Let our prayers rise to you, hear our prayer.

O compassionate God, giver of love,
At the time like this,
You are the refuge and strength to those who suffer.
We come to seek you healing upon all your children.
We search for wholeness in the midst of brokenness.
We cry for healing among their families and communities.

Let our prayers rise to you, hear our prayer.

O the suffering God, giver of strength,
In the sorrow beyond words,
We remember the death of your son Jesus Christ.
Make the weak strong, the broken whole,
turn our sorrow into solidarity,
We behold all their friends impacted by the unimaginable loss.

Let our prayers rise to you, hear our prayer.

O God of mercy, giver of forgiveness
At this time of emptiness,
teach us – let it be empty.
Watch our ways, protect us from evils,
Fill our emptiness with your goodness,
We behold others with your care and forgiveness.

Let our prayers rise to you, hear our prayer.

O God the resurrection, giver of new life,
At this time and space,
We come before you as fellow citizens of hope.
Grant your mercy to people around us,
Grant relief to airplane staff and government officers,
We behold them before you for healing.

Let our prayers rise to you, hear our prayer.

O God of calling, receiver of all lives,
We offer our prayers for the returning souls,
Bring them into your light
Protect them with your heavenly hosts.
We behold them with your promise,
through Jesus Christ who was dead,
but lives and rules this world with you.

Amen.