#WePrayforUkraine

Churches Together in England and Churches Together in Britain & Ireland are supporting Christian Aid to create a moment of prayer and witness for the crisis in Ukraine on Sunday 3rd April, which is Passion Sunday.

Churches Together in England write:

We have all watched the unfolding conflict in Ukraine and seen the heart-breaking stories of people fleeing violence, not knowing when they’ll see their loved ones again. Over two million people have fled Ukraine. Many more have been forced from their homes to seek shelter. Lives have been lost and families torn apart. Homes have been destroyed and many roads are blocked. No one is safe.

Churches in Ukraine, in neighbouring countries and here in Britain and Ireland alongside many others in the community have responded with generosity and hospitality to support and welcome refugees.

We all share a feeling of horror and powerlessness but every prayer, every action brings hope to the people of Ukraine. We are sharing a prayer that we would invite you to share on 3rd April during your worship for that Sunday and if possible perhaps in a more public event with other churches and your wider community. There will be events on Sunday at 2pm in all the nations’ capitals. In central London, church leaders will gather outside the Ukrainian embassy, standing in solidarity with Ukraine, praying for a just peace and bearing witness to the gospel call for us all to be peacemakers.

Prayer

God of all peoples and nations,

Who created all things alive and breathing,

United and whole,

Show us the way of peace that is your overwhelming presence.

We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia,

Every child and every adult.

We long for the time

When weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares

When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.

We cry out to you for peace;

Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety

Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones

Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression

Be with those who are bereaved.

And fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.

Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour,

And a passion for justice to prevail

and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace.

Creator of all hear our prayer

And bring us peace. make us whole.

Amen.

Together as Christians in these islands and with our sisters and brothers in the churches of Ukraine, we pray for an end to the conflict and for peace in our world

Find full details on the CTE’s #WePrayForUkraine page

Christian Aid’s Facebook page.

Ukraine crisis – CTE Member Church responses

CTE Member Churches have produced a range of resources helping churches to respond to the crisis in Ukraine with prayers and information. You can find them here