Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WCC Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Djibouti and Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia
As I wrote about in a post a few months ago, part of my vicarage at Saint Peter's Church this year is providing a supplemental paragraph about countries in the weekly Ecumenical Prayer Cycle created by the World Council of Churches. We pray for each country listed in the prayer cycle during the Intercessory Prayers at Saint Peter's on Sundays and the paragraph is included in our bulletin insert to provide context for those intercessions.

This week's countries (4/21 - 4/27) are Djibouti and Somalia. While the paragraph below provides some recent information, check out their WCC page for additional prayer resources.
We pray for peace and respect for human rights amidst demonstrations and the arrest of opposition leaders following recent elections in Djibouti.  We give thanks for recent landmark successes in returning Somalia to proper governance after decades of civil war while praying for those affected by an Al-Shabab attack last Sunday in Mogadishu.
God's peace,

Dustin is currently a vicar at the Lutheran Office for World Community and Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan, having recently completed his second year of a Masters of Divinity program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. While seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his focus is on the intersection between worship, service and justice building in de-centralized faith communities unencumbered by a traditional church building. In his free time, Dustin likes playing frisbee, hiking and pretending to know how to sing.

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