27 lives

On Sunday morning members of the congregation lit 27 candles to remember the 27 people – 17 men, seven women (one of whom was pregnant) and three children, who died trying to cross the English Channel in a small boat last Wednesday.

God of love,
You are the God who takes the side of the oppressed.
You are the God who is close to the brokenhearted.
You are the God who raises high the humble.

We pray for refugees around the world.
May they be welcomed with open arms.
May their needs for food, shelter, clothing and love be met.
May their wounds – emotional and physical – be healed.

We pray that the world will hear their plight.
We pray that the world will have compassion.
We pray that the world will take action on their behalf.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

(Prayer for Refugees from Tearfund)

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