Monday, April 28, 2008

Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe

Ecumenical Centre Chapel Monday April 28th 2008
Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe

A service asking for justice, peace and healing in Zimbabwe
Organised by the WSCF and the World YWCA

Call to prayer

We gather to remember and accompany the people of Zimbabwe, in the name of the blessed Trinity, one God, now and forever.
O Lord, open my eyes,that I may see the need of others,open my ears that I may hear their cries,open my heart so that they need not be without succour.
Let me not be afraid to defend the weakbecause of the anger of the strong,nor afraid to defend the poor,because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,and use me to bring them to these places.
Open my eyes and ears that I may, this coming day,be able to do some work of peace for you.
Song: Uyai, O vanhu ve se, u yai kuna Mambo Jesu (Come all you people, come to our Lord Jesus)
Confession of sins
God of liberation and justice,
Defender of the poor and marginalized,
we seek your guidance.
Give us the vision and confidence to become prophets when resources are looted.
Let us hear the cry of the widows.
Let us feed the orphans.
Let us denounce injustice by the powerful.
May we demand drugs for the sick.
May we demand care for the abandoned.
May we denounce wastefulness by the affluent.
Forgive our silence.
Forgive our complicity.
In your mercy, forgive our condemnation of people living with HIV.
Forgive us when we deal lightly with the wounds of your people.
Forgive the times when we have offered artificial solutions.
Empower us to tackle corrupt systems,
Make us instruments of your peace.
Make us agents of transformation.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Reassurance of pardon
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; (Isaiah 58)
Almighty God who pardons all who truly repent, forgive your sins, strengthen you by the Holy Spirit, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our redeemer.
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 85
Song: Verses I and 2 of Rakana Vhangeri
(Come and hear now the gospel, hear the good news)
Gospel reading: John 14:15-21
Song: Verse 3 of Rakana Vhangeri
Sung response: Kuda Kwenyu Nga ku it we. (Your will be done Your will be done O Lord)
We pray for the political situation in Zimbabwe that it may be resolved quickly and peacefully.
We pray that whatever announcement is made in the near future, peace will be restored to the land.
All sing: Kuda Kwenyu Nga ku it we
We pray that calm leadership will prevail, not leadership fuelled by half-truths and propaganda.
We pray that intimidation and violence will cease.
All sing: Kuda Kwenyu Nga ku it we
We pray that in the face of intimidation and violence people will remain firm in the truth of their convictions and will continue to vote their real desires should there be a runoff.
We pray that if there is a runoff, that it will be done in fairness and peace, with international observers who will truly validate the results.
All sing: Kuda Kwenyu Nga ku it we
We pray that the person of God's choice will be brought into the position of authority.
We pray that the church in Zimbabwe will remain faithful to minister the Gospel in an uncertain atmosphere.
All sing: Kuda Kwenyu Nga ku it we
We pray for wisdom for retaining security and safety for women, children and men in Zimbabwe.
We pray for the young people used by politicians, that they may stand up and refused to be used.
All sing: Kuda Kwenyu Nga ku it we
We pray for courage and strength for the people of Zimbabwe as they face their current challenges.
We pray that the needed change must surely come through God’s own way.
All sing: Kunda Kwenyu Nga ku it we
The Lord’s prayer
Hopes for Zimbabwe
We take a moment to write words of hope and courage for Zimbabwean people.
Song: Tenzi werumu komirai nesu zvi no.
(Christ of the resurrection stand by us now, so that at this moment we are made holy by you).
We carry our words to the Zimbabwean cross in the foyer.
Prayer at the cross
The cross is the way of the lost
The cross is the staff of the lame.
The cross is the guide of the blind
The cross is the strength of the weak.
The cross of the hope of the hopeless
The cross is the freedom of the slaves.
The cross is the water of the seeds
The cross is the consolation of the bonded labourers.
The cross is the source of those who seek water
The cross is the cloth of the naked.
The cross is the healing of the broken
The cross is the peace of the church.

We place our words of courage and hope for the people of Zimbabwe at the foot of the cross.
Now go out into the world to sow seeds of peace with justice,
And may:The God of overflowing creative energyThe Jesus of vast compassionThe Holy Spirit who turns chaos to life enhancing wholesomenessBe with you as you go. Amen.
Call to Prayer pp. 148-49 Shona prayer,"The Prayers of African Religion
Uyai, O vanhu ve se p 113 WCC sixth assembly worship book
Confession of sins Dr. Ezra Chitando
Reassurance of Pardon p 38 A New Zealand Prayer Book
Rakana Vhabngeri No 76 Agape
Kunda Kwenyu p 67 Worshipping Ecumenically
Intercessions YWCA
Tenzi werumu P 124 WCC sixth assembly worship book
Prayer at the cross Tenth century African hymn
Blessing YWCA
The Call to Prayer from the Anglican Diocese of Harare
A desperate cry from the hearts of Zimbabwe screams across the world.It calls upon all Christians of every denomination in every nation to focus their prayers, in churches, halls, homes or elsewhere, on Sunday 27th April, 2008 on the critical situation in Zimbabwe, a nation in dire distress and teetering on the brink of human disaster.Let the cry for help touch your heart and mind. Let it move you to do what you can immediately to ensure this Day of Prayer takes place in your country and neighbourhood.Please pass on this message right now to all the churches and Christian organisations known to you and to the media as well as to everyone anxious to rescue Zimbabwe from violence, the concealing and juggling of election results, deceit, oppression and corruption, and to bring about righteousness, joy, peace, compassion, honesty, justice, democracy and freedom from fear and want.May a continual strong stream of prayer and supplication flow up to the Lord on behalf of all the people on this Day of Prayer, exhorting His divine intervention throughout the nation."It is by making the truth publicly known that we recommend ourselves to the honest judgement of humankind in the sight of God." (2 Corinthians 4:2)Some advice to Zimbabweans"Who so putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." (Proverbs 29:25)"Stand fast, and do not let yourselves be caught again in the yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1) "Make no mistake, you cannot cheat God." (Galatians 6:7)"Do not be overcome by evil but overcame evil with good" (Romans 12:21)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Youth Organisations Petition SADC

Youth Organisations call on SADC to resolve Zimbabwe crisis
11 April 2008

The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and the World YWCA have called on members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to take immediate action to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe. An extraordinary SADC summit meets on April 12, 2008 in Lusaka, Zambia to deal with the political impasse in Zimbabwe created by the nearly two-week delay in announcing results of the presidential elections of 2 March. In a statement delivered to SADC member states on April 12, WSCF and the World YWCA note the devastating impact the crisis is having on women and young people who are "already struggling to meet the basic needs for life with dignity".In the statement, WSCF and YWCA note that lack of information on the results of the election is "creating anxiety and tension across the country". As such, they urge President Levi Mwanawasa of Zambia, chair of SADC, and all member states to:1. Support and provide the necessary protection and guarantees that enables the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce the Presidential results that demonstrate the correct verdict of the people2. Urge Zimbabwean political parties to desist from interfering with the work of ZEC and enable ZEC to immediately announce results of the presidential vote taken on 29 March3. Urges Zimbabwean police and army to be professional and non-partisan and to respect electoral processes4. Immediately deploy observers and peace monitors to Zimbabwe to help document human rights violations and observe any eventual electoral rerun or runoff5. Request media in Zimbabwe to desist from using hate language and spreading falsehoods that may increase levels of intolerance and tension in the country6. Call on all Zimbabweans leaders to resolve this political impasse peacefullyMorgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe are expected to attend the Lusaka summit.

The full text of the WSCF and YWCA message to the Southern African Development Community can be found on