This Good Friday, we think of Christ crucified. We pause to sit and reflect at the foot of the cross. We bring to mind all in this world that causes death, and all who are suffering from oppression and injustice. We long for resurrection, and look for signs of new creation breaking through.
This Holy Saturday, we sit in the silence of the disciples’ grief. We think of all who are currently experiencing hopelessness, despair, and lament. We cry out to God for justice where justice is not forthcoming
On this Easter Sunday, we rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” We celebrate that Jesus brings forth life from death and joy from mourning. We declare this promise of redemption over all that is broken.
We pray for the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, as more than 300 people have died due to flooding and mudslides. Some areas saw months’ worth of rain fall in one day. God, we pray comfort for those who have lost homes and loved ones. Help those now working to rebuild and provide aid.
We pray for Myanmar as the military junta continues its campaign to crush resistance. More than 100 villages have been burned by the military since the start of this year. God, we pray that the junta would cease the use of arson against civilians. May their reign of terror come to an end, and democracy be restored.
We pray for de-escalation amid increased missile testing from North Korea. South Korea has responded with tests of their own as both sides signal readiness for conflict. God of peace, we pray for successful mediation that encourages disarmament, rather than confrontation and posturing.
We pray for the NHS amid near-record waits for planned surgery and in A&E. More than 6.1 million people in England are on a waiting list for routine treatment. We think of those who have been waiting in pain and discomfort for a long time, and pray that the situation would improve.