The Exiles – seeking refuge

8th May, Day 3 of our 9 days of prayer series.

Come Holy Spirit,  meet us at our crossroads

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These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Build houses and live in them; plant Gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf. For surely I know the plans that I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Jeramiah 29 1, 4-7,11

Listen for a word with a willing heart

Respond with prayer and action

God of the displaced, we give thanks that when we are insecure, you offer us security,

when we are abandoned, you come to find us. You invite us to embed ourselves in community, to discover that you, already among us, enable the flourishing of all that is good. We pray in the name of Jeshua of Bethlehem, of Egypt, of Nazareth, of ……..

enter names of other places like Syria, Calais, etc

Amen

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