The return of war to Europe is a tremendous tragedy. Amid the clouds of uncertainty, it is easy to feel bewildered as to what we should do. But there is a simple first and fundamental step for Christians: to pray. All other things flow from prayer. So we encourage us each to pray today for the justice and peace of the world. Remembering especially Ukraine, but also all places where violence and war are experienced.
Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of the Ukraine and the people of Russia;
for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid;
that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death;
that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war;
that they will remember that you direct your people
to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage;
that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.