Monday, May 13, 2013

WCC Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Kenya and Tanzania

Nairobi, Kenya
As I wrote about in a post a few months ago, part of my vicarage at Saint Peter's Church this year is 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 (5/12 - 5/18) are Kenya and Tanzania.  While the paragraph below provides some recent information (including links to related news stories for the first time), check out the week's WCC page for additional prayer resources.
We pray for the people of Tanzania affected by the bombing of Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, 5 May that killed three people and injured sixty others. We give thanks for a peaceful election and transition process this past March in Kenya and pray that all its’ churches speak in a unified voice on effective HIV/ AIDS prevention measures. We give thanks for years of sustained economic growth in both countries and pray this growth reaches the lives of all who call Tanzania and Kenya home.
God's peace,

Dustin currently serves as 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 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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