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Pray for Ukraine

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A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Amen

Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell


King of all nations, we cry out to you now for the people of Ukraine. We ask you to rescue those who are vulnerable from the hands of their enemies that they may live without fear before you all their days [Luke 1:74-75].

Lord of lords and Prince of peace, our politicians are predicting the biggest war in Europe since 1945, and we simply cry out to you urgently to write another story in our time. Thwart the dark machinations of evil men. Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to peacemakers seeking an equitable and less violent way. May politicians exercise the wisdom from above, which is peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, and full of mercy [James 3:17].

Holy Spirit, we pray for the church in Ukraine, a nation in which 70% of the population call themselves Christian. Give our many brothers and sisters in that nation courage in this crisis that they may proclaim the good news of your kingdom, bind up broken hearts, and bring comfort to all who mourn. [Isaiah 61:1-2].

You Lord, make wars cease to the end of the earth; you break bows, shatter spears, and burn shields with fire [Psalm 46:9]. And so we ask you now to save the lives of many people in Ukraine. Make a peace that is strong and not weak. De-escalate this crisis. We hear of wars and rumours of wars (Matt. 24:6], but you Lord are our rock, our fortress and our deliverer. Our hope is in you. And so we address the nations now. In the name of Jesus we say: “Be still and know God! He is exalted among the nations; he shall be exalted in the earth [Psalm 46:10].

Amen


Prayer points include those from a prayer written by Pete Greig (Founder of 24-7 Prayer).

Give to Ukraine

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Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland have set up a fund to support the Vineyard churches in Ukraine.

This fund will be used for:

  • Immediate relief for our churches and any benevolence that they can practically express
  • Extraction of certain people, particularly the vulnerable, women, and children from the war zone areas
  • Partnering with certain humanitarian organisations where appropriate such as Humanicare, Tearfund, Red Cross
  • Help in the rebuilding, post-war, of the churches and their mission in Ukraine.

SWLV has already contributed to this fund and if you would like to find out more about it, please contact the church office (mail@swlv.org.uk or 020 8785 9530)

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He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear

Psalm 46:9

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