Week 37 - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia

9 September - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • Those who work to build bridges between various ethnic groups.
  • Those who labour to rebuild economies shattered after the war.
  • Those who refuse the rhetoric of hatred and fear.
  • Wonderful beaches along the Adriatic coast.

Pray for:

  • New governments and guidance for leaders.
  • Displaced persons and refugees.
  • An end to ethnic hatred and the establishment of human rights for all.
  • Women who were raped during the wars.
  • Healing and renewal in the church, and unity through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Those who mourn.
  • Young people as they try to find a way forward.

PRAYER

Through a hole in the roof, O my God, I am trying to see you;

trying to tell you that all your people are suffering,

trying to ask you to bring peace,

to please stop this awful killing and destruction,

this murderous frenzy of nationalism!

Prayer text for 2007:

God, you are the God of life.
Transform us in the depths of our hearts
into people through whom your peace is carried out into your world.
Send your Spirit into the hearts of those
who are captured in the net of violence,
be it as perpetrators or as victims,
and let us never give up the search for the chance to talk to them.