Monday, July 29, 2013

WCC Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: The Caribbean

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 (28 July - 3 August) are the countries of the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. While the paragraph below provides information on current events, check out the week's WCC page for additional prayer resources:
We pray for the people of Haiti as they continue to recover from the 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak. We pray the normalization of relations between Cuba and other nations, particularly the United States, while also praying for the Cuban people as they continue to struggle in a post-Soviet economy. We pray for the people of all Caribbean nations as they enter hurricane season. We give thanks for the continued strengthening of regional cooperation through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
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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