Church World Service commissioned Restoration Village Arts to develop the liturgy for their annual ecumenical members gathering in DC. The litany integrates the mission and current projects of the organization around the globe as well as the gathering’s theme, “That All May Live!”
A Litany for Church World Service
Leader: God of justice and peace, we ask that the love you have shown and given us in Christ Jesus, the love that rooted Church World Service in the beginning and is its foundation now, be strong in us, uniting us in spirit and purpose that your will be done on earth and in our own lives and communities through the power of your Holy Spirit
People: That all may have life!
Leader: Living God. You have shown yourself to us as our advocate in Christ Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. Fill us with words of life and truth as we speak to those who govern and those who shape our policies that they would be just and life giving. We thank you for the resources shared through foreign assistance over the years and ask that our generosity and will to provide for those in need would grow. As we stand with immigrant families we ask that a way of life and relationship would be made at our border and in our broken immigration system and that the many suffering deportation, isolation and detention would find relief and help. We ask that legislators would support the president’s executive action and work together for long-term transformation. And in the face of ecological crisis and climate change, may those who exploit and pollute be held accountable, may wisdom and science bare fruit in sustainable development and may we all find the will to change how we live.
People: That all may have life!
Leader: God of healing, we thank you for the work and resilience of those providing long-term recovery in the wake of disasters. We pray for Haiti and those still rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. We pray for the children who continue to make the dangerous journey to cross our border alone, that they would be cared for and given refuge and compassionate welcome, and that all those facing disaster or living in uncertainty would find peace and safety in communities that are prepared and ready to serve.
People: That they may have life!
Leader: God of beauty and creativity, we ask for wisdom and inspiration in the development of human communities across the globe, that we, like you, would set our eyes on the women and children, food security and clean water. We remember the women and children of Roma, school children in need of Safe Zones in Kenya, Burundi and Mozambique, Women and children learning to care for themselves in Vietnam and the children of incarcerated parents, all of whom you love and will to thrive. We pray we would be stewards of your resources and of each other finding sustainable and renewable ways to create thriving communities. We pray for Church World Service’ development work in South America, Cambodia, Moldova, Bosnia and Georgia. We pray for the work to end hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, Uganda and Indonesia. We pray for the water projects, a sacred symbol of your Spirit and the foundation of all life, in Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
People: That they may live!
Leader: God of the displaced, of refugees and migrants, we mourn the racism and poverty that fuels the violence in our own land and around the world. We pray for those caught in the injustice and for all who have suffered the most horrible consequences of these sins. We pray that the church around the world would realize our call to be brother, sister and neighbor to one another. We pray for the work of Church World Service in creating welcoming communities, helping refugees resettle when returning home is no longer an option, and for those under threat of harm or even death because of being LGBTI. May we recognize and proclaim all of these people your children and gifts. May we open arms, homes and cities and work for a world where all would know a secure and safe home.
People: May all find their home and life in you God.
Leader: Now praying as our Lord, Jesus taught us to the God who loves us like a Mother…
People: Our Father who art in heaven….Amen.