A prayer for the Second Sunday of Easter

God-with-us, we journey in faith.  Sometimes our journey raises more questions than answers.  Reassure us when we are troubled; be present with us in our times of fear.  In our lives, may we be a tangible reminder of your life and presence; may we be moved to share of what we have so that all may have enough; may we bear your peace in the world.  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

(Contributed by Rev. Tyler Gingrich, Youth Engagement Coordinator, CLWR)

A prayer for the Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

God of the resurrection, we step forward in faith, trusting that you go with us into the future. Calm our anxieties, help us to recognize that you are wherever we may be.  Urge us towards lives of gratitude and generosity that the new life we have experienced in you is extended to all.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

(Contributed by Rev. Tyler Gingrich, Youth Engagement Coordinator for CLWR)

Your support makes a big difference for Syrian refugees

Muhammad Jasim Rwaisha feels his family is much safer now that locks have been installed on his shelter. A proper sewage system will also make a big difference for the health of his family. CLWR/K.Schroeder

Muhammad Jasim Rwaisha feels his family is much safer now that locks have been installed on his home. A new toilet and water tanks will also make a big difference for the health of his family.
CLWR/K.Schroeder

Last Sunday, I traveled to northern Jordan to visit Syrian refugee families whose homes had been rehabilitated through the support of Canadian Lutherans and the Canadian government.

Many Syrian families who have fled the war are living in run-down or makeshift shelters without basic services like water and electricity, simply because they can’t find decent, affordable places to live.

I met Muhammad Jasim Rwaisha, along with two of his four grandchildren. One of his grandchildren was orphaned as a result of the civil war in Syria. Thirteen people (three families) live in this home, including a beautiful baby girl who was only 10 days old.

Muhammad said that before the renovations, he couldn’t sleep because they did not have doors that locked so he feared for his family’s safety and the security of their belongings. Without proper doors and windows, their living space was very noisy.

It is amazing what a difference a seemingly small change made for this family. Their home also underwent more significant renovations such as work on the electrical and sewage systems and installation of a new toilet and water tanks; however, it was the locks on the doors that meant the most to Muhammad.

- by Kristy Schroeder, CLWR program officer. Kristy has been visiting Jordan, seeing how Canadian Lutherans are making a difference for Syrian refugees.

A prayer for the week of Palm/Passion Sunday

Passionate God, lead us through times of pain and suffering.  You are with us always, and you satisfy the needs of all.  Work through us so that we might bear the burdens of our neighbours – near and far – and bring about your reign of justice in the world.  We pray in the name of the Saving One, Jesus Christ. Amen

Contributed by Rev. Tyler Gingrich (CLWR’s Youth Engagement Coordinator)

A prayer for the week of the fifth Sunday of Lent

God of life, in our times of despair, you call us to new places, giving us hope.  Draw us into life in you, and give us the courage to connect with others who may be in need of your hopeful word in their lives.  May our living reflect the abundance you desire for all.  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

Gospel: John 11:1-45

Contributed by Rev. Tyler Gingrich (CLWR’s Youth Engagement Coordinator)

A prayer for the week of Fourth Sunday in Lent

Healing God,

Even with perfect vision, we can be blind to your healing and saving grace. Heal our blindness. Help us to see you clearly in our lives. Open our eyes to see the truth of who we are – your beloved daughters and sons. With new eyes help us to lead people toward your gift of faith, and toward serving our brothers and sisters who suffer because of the blindness of others. We ask these things through your Son, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Thanks to Pastor Jason Zinko (Redeemer Lutheran Church, Brandon, MB)

Your March news from CLWR

Click here to read the full news briefs for March 2014! For easier printing and posting in your church, download a PDF version here.

Contents: 

Change is possible for Syrian refugee families

Canadian Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen joined us on a visit to the Al Ahmed family. Here she is with two of the daughters. CLWR/T.Brook

A big step forward for girls and women in sports

Cindy with Palestinian women soccer players

Nicaraguan communities benefit from your support

Jenn with Santos from the mission centre crsm

A vision of dignified care for the elderly

doctor and patient high ressm