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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.
We praise you because you are our Creator. We are grateful that you have called us into your ministry and we feel blessed to work with partners in the field. We thank you for your love which unites us as we care for the needy and the vulnerable.
People are not only suffering from hunger but also from the adversities of natural and human made calamities. In addition to the horror caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working in the context of violence and armed conflicts in Africa. We sometimes fail to reach some of our beneficiaries for fear of being kidnapped, especially in Eastern Congo and South Sudan. We pray for peace so that your word may be proclaimed without hindrance and your name be glorified.
We pray for CBM as an organization concerned with the wellbeing of all human beings, especially the most vulnerable. We pray particularly for the churches in Canada and the CBM donors and partners who willingly deprive themselves of their properties so that mission work may be carried out successfully and reach out to the people in need. Keep the fire of your love burning in their hearts so that they may continue to embrace a broken world in word and deed.
We pray for the people implementing different projects on the field so that they may help to bring about change in the lives of your people. We cannot forget the participants of the different projects. Let them grow not only materially but also spiritually so that our mission may be a living testimony of your love in action.
We pray for our partner churches and their leaders as they struggle to bring your light to the world. During this time of pandemic, many pastors are desperate because they have nobody to care for them. Let the Holy Spirit keep them strong so that they may continue to rely on you for their livelihood and keep committed to your work.
We cannot forget our field staff. We need to remain in good health as we are exposed to different climate changes and diets while visiting our partners. Keep our families strong during the occasional times of separation as we share your love with our partners in different areas. Father, we commit into your hands all the global and national field staff scattered all over this broken world to bring your light. We also commit into your hands the staff based in Canada who coordinate the different activities implemented for the glory of your name. We pray for the unity of the Church. As Jesus prayed in John 17:2, let “all of those who believe in you be one”.
We believe that our prayers have been answered because we pray with faith in the mighty name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We praise you because You are our God. Your love, your faithfulness and your promises never fail, and you are the same yesterday, today and forever. We give thanks to you for your protection during this difficult time.
Today, we come before you first to lift up the Chinese Ministries Team of CBM and the ministries in Germany, Hong Kong and China. We pray for all the members and their families; especially for those in Germany as the COVID cases are surging. God please grant them good health and protect them during this pandemic. Also give them energy and wisdom as they serve. Even though there is all this uncertainty in the world, may God open doors, so that the Gospel will reach the mission field according to your will.
We pray for political stability in Thailand, as recent protests against the government have escalated. Pray that the government and people can humble themselves and work together to find a peaceful solution.
We pray for Myanmar where the COVID cases are surging, and they lack good medical resources. People have lost their jobs and have no money to put food on the table. We pray that more churches will extend their helping hands to the needy community.
We pray for the ministries in the Golden Triangle. We pray for our partner, Thailand Bethel Theological Institute. As the border of Thailand is still closed, students in Myanmar and other countries cannot return to the school. We continue to run physical and online classes at the same time. We pray for God’s wisdom as teachers teach and students persevere in learning through all the challenges such as poor internet connection and pressure to earn money to support the family. As of today, a few students have already dropped out temporarily. We pray, almighty God, please keep and sustain them, so that they will return when the border is reopened and will continue to serve you.
We pray for Operation Dawn Drug Rehabilitation. Protect the participants as they go through the rehab program. We pray for those who have committed to serve you and are currently studying in the discipleship training center. May God protect them, guide them, sustain them and lead them not into any temptation.
We pray for the Lahu community up in the mountainous region in Myanmar. Pray for our partner Pastor Duodu and his team. Praise the Lord – as of today, over 400 Lahu peoples were led to Christ. May God continue to use the team to accomplish the vision that you have laid in their hearts. May your name be glorified.
We also pray for CBM colleagues and the work around the globe, especially for our new Executive Director, Jennifer Lau. Grant her the wisdom and guide her as she leads the organization.
Thank you, Lord, we pray all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Lord, who is in Heaven, thank you for being our Father, the best Father we could ask for. You are loving, patient, and protective.
Our God, today we want to express to you what is in our hearts, which you already know, but which we are glad to say to you audibly as a sign that you are a Father who inclines his ear to his sons and daughters.
We beg you to protect us from any attack by the enemy. Help us to overcome our sins.
We ask for protection against COVID and for healing, strength and provision for those who are affected by it.
We ask you to give us wisdom to support our partners in Bolivia. Give us strength to continue caring for each one of the children that partake in our programs. Oh God, give us the love of Jesus as we walk with our partners.
Please Father, give a lot of strength to those who are in charge of each project, give them restful breaks every night. May you be the source of peace in their lives. Pour your creativity on them, since as a result of the pandemic, many things have changed and led to significant adjustments.
Abba, I pray for my family. Oh God, what could be better than knowing you? If we have you, we have it all. And that is why I ask you to help my family to look for you in their daily lives. May you be real for them every day.
I also pray for the work that CBM is doing around the world, may you bless the work of each Field Staff’s hands, as well as those who are based in Canada. We thank you for the Canadian Baptists that allow you to use them to show your love, hope and light through their generosity, service and prayers.
Thank you for always listening. Thank you for being a strong tower and help and comforter.
We pray all of this in the name of our beloved Saviour Jesus. We pray in his merits. Amen.
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.