In light of the acts of terror in Paris (and other parts of our world), this morning in worship we took time to lift up our broken world before God in prayer. Watching the coverage of the attacks in Paris on Friday evening, I was moved by a prayer and image that Ann Voskamp posted via Instragram. We adapted the prayer and included other parts of the world that have experienced acts of terrorism and murder in just the first 14 days of November.
Le Seigneur a pitié (Lord, have mercy)
Lord, there were explosions today, attacks today,
mothers & fathers & brothers & sisters
who have fallen like stars,
tears that have fallen from shattered hearts.
Today, we humble our broken hearts before the Wounded Healer
who cups His hands to catch everything that falls,
every tear & sparrow & breaking heart in His palms,
palms that have our names engraved right into Him
far deeper than any of earth’s sorrow.
Lord, we pray for Paris,
for the West Bank,
for Chad and Cameroon,
for Syria and Lebanon,
for all the broken
and dislocated places of this world…
We pray to the One who catches
everything that falls
so that we won’t fall apart.
We pray that the City of Lights
and every shattered community
might sense our fierce love.
That through the faith, hope and love
of a globe of prayers,
and the rising Light that cannot and will not
be overcome by the darkness,
one day Paris,
Baghdad, the West Bank,
Egypt, Chad and Cameroon,
Syria and Lebanon,
and all the broken and dislocated places of this world
will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God,
even as the waters cover the seas.
How did you lift up the brokenness of our world in worship?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Jesus Saves (Tim Hughes)
- Worthy of My Praise (David Ruis)
- O Worship the King (Passion version)
- Prayer for Our Broken World
- Good, Good Father (Chris Tomlin)
- One Thing Remains (Passion)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Fully Orbed)
- Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.