Refugee Day

World Refugee Day Call to Worship – Church World Service, USA

To download an illustrated worship page for World Refugee Day (20 June), visit the Church World Service website. LEADER: We give praise to our God who gathers us as one people. PEOPLE: We delight in our God who has mercy upon us. LEADER: We seek to be one with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. PEOPLE: […]

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Prayer for Refugees — United Church of Canada

Prayers of the people, with response & song, including the lighting of 5 candles We pray for the countries and regions that have hosted refugees. Knowing that refugee camps can be overcrowded, we pray for the continued safety of the camps and offer our thanks to those who work toward providing the basics of shelter, […]

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Christ comes as a refugee, hymn — George Stuart, Australia

Tune: Dominus Regit Me Title: Ministering to Christ Click here for lyrics and music. The sacred role of ministry Of caring for the broken – Christ can be heard, but silently As if his pain has spoken. The ministry to Christ is known In caring for the stricken; He comes to us in flesh and bone […]

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Dream of Dignity, hymn — George Stuart, Australia

A dream of dignity For all humanity It is a dream so bold; ‘Can’t happen,’ we’ve been told; But we can strive To keep alive This hope for human harmony Click here for lyrics and music. Tune: Darwall Thanks to George’s generosity, all of the lyrics published on his website are free of any copyright restrictions and […]

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Prayers for our world — Loren McGrail, USA

We celebrate, Creator God this diverse world you have created— its lands and its peoples. We give thanks for your gift of trust in us to preserve, conserve, and take care of it and offer all the hospitality you have already given us. We lift up your co-workers serving in areas of need. We are […]

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Prayer for Nakba Day — Rabbi Brant Rosen

Le’el she’chafetz teshuvah, to the One who desires return: Receive with the fulness of your mercy the hopes and prayers of those who were uprooted, dispossessed and expelled from their homes during the devastation of the Nakba. Sanctify for tov u’veracha, for goodness and blessing, the memory of those who were killed in Lydda, in Haifa, in Beisan, in Deir […]

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Prayer for Reconciliation — Ana Gobledale, UK

Power of Wholeness, sweep through each nation on the face of this globe. Fill us with the will and conviction to work towards reconciliation. Unite us as indigenous and invader settled in a new home, As settled colonizers and more recent immigrants and refugees seeking a new home, As Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus — […]

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Prayer for Refugees — Marla Feldman, USA

20 June is World Refugee Day. Click here for more Worship Words resources related to refugees. As we recount the centuries of human history, We pray that one day bondage will lead to freedom; We pray that indifference will give way to mercy; We pray that hatred will turn to compassion, and fear turn to […]

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We were wrong, a confession — Lauren Mallaby, Australia

We were wrong: We were wrong when we closed the door and you needed us most. The people who claimed to follow a man who never closed doors appeared to slam ours when you were despairing confused hurt hopeless broken hungry thirsty for more. We were wrong when we pretended we couldn’t see didn’t know […]

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Refugee Prayer, Ruth 1 — Nicola Robinson, UK

Ruth 1: 1 – 5 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land …. Hospitable God, who teaches us to welcome the stranger; we pray for all refugees and immigrants: those who have been displaced through famine, those who have been displaced through climate change, those who have been […]

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