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At CBM, we are working together differently these days as everyone is adjusting to a new reality. Alongside our international partners, we continue to provide assistance to those in the margins through the local church.
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Use these recordings of CBM leaders exhorting the Word in place of your regular sermon. Each set of resources comes with a reflection (20+ mins) and a set of scripture readings for you to use in your service.
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
Father of Light, we come before you today, with our brothers and sisters from across Canada and around the world to ask your mercy and favour on our churches and institutions in our land. For over four centuries, churches in Canada have witnessed to your redeeming love, preached your Word and tried to bring hope and healing in this land. But at the same time, we have also been sorrowful sources of division, squabbling, injustice, cruelty and shame.
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Lord too often we have dishonoured you by allowing the values of our culture – whether success or rivalry, pride or confidence, affluence or comfort – shape our engagement with you, with one another and with the world around us. We have broken our vows to love, support and care for the other. In seeking to show we are right, we have jeopardized the witness of the gospel through the unity of the Church. Lord, in your mercy, forgive us, we pray.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We affirm today that our ways are not always your ways, that our words are indeed not always your words. We turn to you anew and pray for our churches and denominations across our nation. As our partners in Canada ponder what it means to be people of the Good News, we want to know how to respond in love and truth to the complex spiritual and social issues of our time. There are sharp disagreements even within our Baptist family over what we should stand for and who we should stand with, especially regarding people with whom we disagree, whose lifestyle doesn’t conform with ours, whether this is because of race, marriage, social justice, human rights, homelessness, or the environment.
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
It is our prayer, Lord, that the truth of Scripture would not fall on infertile soil, that it would not return empty. We pray that there would be a renewed awakening and passion for your Word – for reading it, meditating on it and most certainly, living according to it. Your Word will accomplish that which you purpose.
As a community of Christ-followers, we ask that you would strengthen our leaders – the board and staff of CBM and of our sister denominations – for Rob Ogilvie and the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC), for Tim McCoy and the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ), for Peter Reid and the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC) and David Rowley and the French Baptist Union. May they demonstrate courage and patience in dealing with local churches. Help them as they find ways to encourage and bless our vast and very diverse Baptist family.
For you shall go out in joy,
and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
And today, Lord, we ask that together as Canadian Baptists we would indeed go out in joy and be led in peace. In this beautiful autumn season, may the mountains and hills burst into song and the trees clap their hands for you, the Eternal, all-knowing and everlasting one.
Father, we pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is our peace and makes us one in the bond of the Holy Spirit,
God of Life and Love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we give you thanks for the gift of life this day, for the love that is your life and for the love which gives us life and sustains it, even beyond our deaths.
I give you thanks for the good work that you have given me through CBM and our members in Canada and partners around the world. Be with me as I grieve the loss of travel and face-to-face gatherings with our partners in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Give me discipline, stamina, and wisdom as I write to support CBM’s partnerships in integral mission, theological education, marketplace witness, and leadership formation. May I be guided by the Spirit into the creativity and beauty that marks your work in the world.
May I have words of encouragement and insight and good counsel as I mentor some of those who are serving you at CBM, our Canadian members, and our partners. May I draw my life from you, O Lord, so that I work not in my own strength and wisdom, but in yours.
O God, may I have the courage to receive and pass on your wisdom, which may seem so foolish in this upside-down world. May I have the eyes of faith to see this world right-side-up in Jesus. With those eyes of faith may I also bear witness to the hope, the sure future of your creation in new creation. And may I love you, other humans, the rest of creation, and even myself in light of that new creation.
Father, I pray that you will continue to give me health and energy day by day and that I will be faithful each day that you give me to live. Help me to be content in you and accept my limitations and weaknesses. Forgive my sin and foolishness and restore me each day to follow Jesus.
May my love for your people grow and may I serve Christ by serving his body.
And so we pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who live each day uncertain of enough food and clean water for that day. We pray for those who lack sufficient shelter. We pray for those whose hearts are broken as they care for those in great need. We also pray for those who live in the midst of danger and hostility. Give them wisdom and courage. We pray for our partners with whom we work to raise up leaders for a new generation of faithful witness and discipleship.
God, we know that we are weak and lacking the wisdom for the work to which you have called us. We rejoice that we are yoked with Jesus and that by the power of his resurrection and the Holy Spirit we may join you in bearing witness by word and deed to the new creation, where there will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more death.
It is with a humble heart that I come before you to offer my prayer.
Dear Father, you are the one who provides and restores peace among your people and creation.
Today, I acknowledge that conflict among people is a reality.
Violence is happening in different places in the world, children are engaged in war, women are being assaulted, many are becoming refugees both within and out of their own countries.
War within and between countries is a reality. People are killed. Properties are destroyed. And we are seeing the consequences of these in poverty, widows and traumatized people. The circle of violence continues.
Dear Father, we, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are also facing the same situation of violence and conflicts among tribes. Church leaders and Christians are not exempt.
I bring before you my ministry – to help bring healing and reconciliation to a Baptist denomination in the DRC – Community of Baptist Churches in Eastern Congo (CEBCE) – after 21 years of division among brothers and sisters in Christ.
By your grace and through the willingness of the leaders, this denomination is coming together.
Dear God, I pray that the fragile reunification becomes a reality and that reconciliation among tribes strengthens. I pray for the leadership to become stronger and more accountable and for women and youth to participate in the process of reconciliation. Open doors for all churches to partake in reunification.
Dear God, I ask you to make me strong in all that I do. Lead me as I teach to different target groups. Use the twelve peacebuilding modules we developed as a tool of reunification.
God, I also ask for more facilitators who will be able to influence others in word and deed in promoting peace in the CEBCE, the surrounding community and in the country where violence still prevails.
Oh God, let people in CEBCE and in the world recognize one humanity in which all lives are precious and worthy to be loved.
Oh dear God, let us remove the land mines in our hearts which prevent us from making peace. Let us overcome greed with generosity. Let us overcome hatred with love and kindness. And let us overcome delusion with wisdom.
Dear God, I pray for CBM and its partners so that, with the burden it has for the restoration of the broken world, you may give us the means and people for fulfilling its mission. Give strength, vision and wisdom to its leaders so that they will be able to fulfill whatever may give shalom to your people around the world.
I pray for my partners who generously support my work of peacebuilding and reconciliation.
Oh dear God, I pray for my family, my wife and children for their good spiritual, physical and social health and for my children to be able to finish their studies and be prepared for their future.
I also pray for the end of this COVID-19 and for peace in my country and all the world,
Lord Jesus we thank you that even though we are going through a time in which the world is experiencing a global pandemic, political instability at all levels, and general economic uncertainty, we can approach you with the assurance that you already know all the details and are in control. We can know that nothing will defeat us, that nothing can separate us from your love, and that even when words fail us in times of personal weakness, your Holy Spirit will understand our struggles and communicate our deepest concerns to you.
It is with that assurance and faith that we bring before you the concerns of Latin America and more specifically Bolivia, a region and country we serve and have come to love in recent years. We pray for economies facing deep recession, for the majority of Bolivians who rely on daily wages but have had little or no work for the last six months. We pray for political stability as candidates campaign for upcoming elections on October 18th. We pray for fair elections, for protection as people vote in the middle of the pandemic, for leaders to put the health and good of all citizens ahead of personal gain, that truth would be known and would prevail in the campaigns, and that your will be done through the will of the people. We pray for relief from the spread of the Corona virus, for wisdom of national leaders and compliance of the people with good health measures. We pray for frontline workers like doctors, nurses, police, the military, providers of transportation. We pray for pastors who cannot help but still serve – who step in the gaps left by government services, who continue to minister even when they have no income, who are giving their lives in the service of others.
We pray for the vulnerable—seniors with pre-existing conditions and low incomes. We pray especially for families with children to feed—children who do not understand when there is no bread. We pray for the children’s education as teachers are going door-to-door, with whiteboards, trying to keep the children from losing the entire year. We pray for safety for those delivering services, like education, food hampers, water. We pray for households where women and children are more at risk of abuse.
Lord we know that these problems are not limited to Latin America. We are all too aware of the perfect storm hitting Lebanon but also of the compassionate response of your people there, and of the generous response of Canadian Baptists to this international concern. We pray for India where the number of cases is growing rapidly. We pray for Africa, that you will protect and prepare.
Lord we know that the crises facing the world right now also affect each one of us personally. We have come to Canada earlier in the year than we would have expected to. We are having to adapt by working from home. We are concerned about every possible symptom of COVID-19.
In all things we continue to see your grace. Thank you for the gracious, generous support of our donors. Thank you for notes and prayers. Thank you for help with visas and travel at opportune times. Thank you for technology that has enabled us to continue ministry and, in some cases, grow. Thank you for health. Thank you that in all circumstances we have the assurance of your presence and your love. Lord Jesus, Father God, Holy Spirit, work in us and through us, to be your instruments of peace. Amen.
You are a faithful God and you have protected us and guided the ministry for seven years. Here we come before you and lay down our burden at your feet.
Lord, may you continue to protect Germany during this pandemic. Many people chose to travel during the summer break. By the end of August, Germany had more than a thousand positive cases of COVID-19. There were community outbreaks in various states. In September, students have begun to return to school. We pray that God will have control of the virus, and that people will continue to follow safety protocols in order to minimize the risk of community outbreaks.
We also pray for the church gatherings. We are implementing a combination of physical and virtual gatherings at the moment. In Göttingen, we have returned to physical worship on Sundays and physical bible study on Fridays. Lord, please send brothers and sisters who are willing to serve and help out in the preparation for in-person worship services. For Kassel, we are still meeting online. We pray that all believers will experience your encouragement, and remain persistent in doing devotions and attending church gatherings.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an increase in ministry needs for individual believers. Lord, we ask you to grant us physical and spiritual health. The self-isolation period at home was a time when many underlying psychological concerns surfaced. The congregations had to address the root cause of their problems. Thankfully, some were touched and changed by you. They laid down their life struggles and were renewed in Christ.
Lord, we often feel drained physically and emotionally when pulled into unexpected situations that require one-on-one mentoring and counselling. Our great Shepherd, please strengthen your servants to overcome the constant fatigues.
Father, we also pray for our son Caleb. He is in the final year of his high school program. If all goes well, he will graduate next year. There’s only one year left before Caleb leaves home. May God grant us wisdom to prepare Caleb so that he could understand your truth, grace, love and faith. May he continue to grow in Christ and be guided by you throughout his life. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
Our heavenly Father I come to thy presence with a thankful heart for your grace, protection, guidance, and blessings during this difficult time. I praise you and adore you Lord for laying down your life, showing your love on the cross, forgiving my sins, and offering salvation. Though I am unworthy, you have chosen me and accepted me as your child, and I thank you for the assurance of eternal life. Let your name be glorified through my life and the work that I do. Give me your compassionate heart to serve the people and to seek your continuous protection and guidance as I share your love with others in my daily life.
Today, I pray for the ministry in India and the world. Let your light shine on the whole world and make the people know that you are the only one God who can save us from our sins. I pray for the partners who are ministering in rural areas and in difficult situations. Grant them wisdom, protection and provision for all their needs. I pray for the churches in Canada – for their prayers and financial support – for spreading the gospel and establishing the kingdom of God in India.
I pray for the people who are suffering from COVID-19 throughout the world. Lord touch them and heal them so that they may know that you are the true God. I pray for those who lost their family members and friends. Give them hope and comfort them in their sorrow and pain.
I pray for the frontline workers who serve the COVID-19 patients. Please give them strength, good health, and protect them from the virus.
I also pray for the youth whose dreams may have been shattered and are experiencing depression due to losing their jobs and/or educational opportunities. Give them hope and faith.
I pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit as I preach in different churches. May the Spirit work in all the minds and hearts of those who hear the word of God.
Whatever difficult situations may arise, let me not fall into temptation and slip from my faithful life. Give me the grace to follow you in all situations. Grant me travel mercies as I visit partners and churches. Finally, I seek your blessings on me and my family. I ask all these things in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
You see that Lebanon has been in a lot of turmoil recently. The refugee crisis resulting from the war in Syria has had an effect on Lebanon for the last 10 years. Mid last year we started experiencing an economic downfall, followed by political and social unrest last October. These circumstances brought a lot of suffering to many Lebanese. Then the pandemic hit, and that exacerbated the situation. Lebanon is being led by corrupt political leaders who have driven Lebanon’s economy to the ground. Many people have lost their jobs and their livelihoods. Lebanon used to have a large middle class made of professionals, educated people and entrepreneurs. The middle class has disappeared, replaced by increased poverty.
Then this was followed by the explosion in the port of Beirut on the 4th of August. This destroyed one third of Beirut and whatever was left of the economy. The size of the devastation is unimaginable.
Father, even in the darkness, you bring light. Through all this, the Church in Lebanon is experiencing transformation. It is learning how to step out of its cocoon and be with the people – to get involved in helping, healing, and proclaiming the love of Christ. Thank you for leading us in this transformation, starting with caring for the refugees. We are thankful that most churches and Christian organizations are out there being the hands and feet of Jesus. This is an incredible testimony to your work.
Lord, we pray for the situation in Lebanon, for those that are suffering economically, physically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. We pray that they can witness God’s love despite the terrible situation that they’re in.
We lift up to you our political leaders – that they would step into their God-given role of caring for the people they lead.
We pray for the Church in Lebanon that it continues to be the beacon of light in the middle of the darkness, an agent of hope in the middle of despair, and an agent of peace and reconciliation in a region marked by conflict.
We pray for the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS), that trains leaders for the Church in the entire Arab world, equipping them to proclaim the gospel in a difficult, sometimes hostile, context. We ask that you guide me as I lead ABTS along with the leadership team who are trying to navigate a complex change in strategy at the time ABTS is caring for and housing many newly-homeless people.
We pray for Mireille’s work as she continues to develop Bible study materials to be used among refugee communities.
Lord, we praise and thank you for the Canadian churches that have encouraged us, prayed for us, and supported us in so many ways.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our King and Saviour, we come before you today. We are praying for the work in Africa. For several years Africa has been known as home to extreme poverty and violence in addition to natural calamities such as severe drought, flooding and swarms of locusts. However, we know and believe that you love this land and our people and you have a good plan for healing and restoration. You are using different people in your restoration including the CBM team in Africa.
Lord, give the team more insight, wisdom and passion as each individual uses their God-given talents and gifts to touch and equip your people. Lord, thank you for African partner churches – these are people you have saved and whom you have called to your mission to expand your Kingdom, so that your people will live in shalom and dignity.
South Sudan: This country has been going through different turmoil – ethnic conflicts, political unrest, famine, deadly floods, swarms of locusts and now COVID-19. People are desperate and hopeless. The partner church Faith Evangelical Baptist Church (FEBAC) is striving to bring healing and hope via food relief projects. Lord, would you please heal the land and the beautiful people of South Sudan?
DR Congo: This country has been going through persistent insecurity, Ebola and now COVID-19. The people are so sad and hopeless. They have the greatest natural resources in Africa, but they are hungry and their social economic system is very corrupt. The partner churches there, Baptist Church in Central Africa (CBCA) and Community of Baptist Churches in East Congo (CEBCE) want to make a difference through community development and peace & reconciliation. Lord, would you raise leaders with a passion for serving your people with honesty and integrity?
Rwanda: Lord, thank you for the healing and recovery process happening in Rwanda. This is a model of how far you can deliver people from and how you can develop the resilience of a nation using the church and leaders. We pray for the local church partner, AEBR, as they seek to be the witness of Christ in the overall campaign of peace and reconciliation and the alleviation of extreme poverty and other effects of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis.
Kenya: The rise of the COVID-19 cases in Kenya has affected the economy of this country and region in general. The locusts and prolonged drought have led to famine in the North Eastern region of Kenya. Local partner Africa Christian Church and Schools (ACC&S) is fighting hunger in the Embu community, and reaching out to families affected by HIV and AIDS. Lord, provide for the ACC&S to be able to respond to the overwhelming needs.
Lord we ask for provision for all these church partners as COVID-19 has affected their finances.
Lord, thank you for CBM and Canadian Baptist churches for their generosity, and we pray that you bless them and provide for their needs as well.
Lord heal the world, and stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, either via scientists who discover a vaccine, or other ways.
We thank you for your love and grace that sustains us every single day as we serve you. We pray this, in Jesus’ name.