Week 5 - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

27 January - 31 December 1969

Intercessions

Give thanks for:

  • Snow and skiing, woods and mountains, lakes and fiords.
  • The white nights of summer and the bare winter light.
  • The rich and varied heritage of the churches, large and small, in these Nordic countries.
  • Ecumenical and spiritual renewal movements that bring new intensity and depth to the Christian faith.
  • A witness for justice and peace that may become a strong example to the rest of the world.
  • The example of giving towards the development of other peoples.

Pray for:

  • Efforts to overcome violence, racial/ethnic discrimination, and the abuse of children and women.
  • Refugees and migrants who seek a better life in these countries.
  • Those churches trying to find new vitality, so they can be faithful witnesses to the Gospel.

Prayer

We share a common earth.
We share the common joy of living,
     of the grieving and of the pain.
We share the wonder of the sowing
and the harvest of our common soil.
We share the common bread in our homes.
We share the feast of the wine.
We share our common faith in Christ, our Saviour.
But we still cannot share the common table in our churches.
Why, God, why?
God of unity, let the table of reconciliation
become the true table of unity for the sake of your kingdom.