Today, in collaboration with the Anglican Women's Global Mission Network, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut asks you to join in prayer on Saturday, May 10 at noon for the quick release of our sisters in Nigeria.
"Gather on the front steps of your Church, the front steps of your home or wherever you may be but gather outdoors that your voice may be heard." -Kim Polhemus, Women's Global Mission NetworkThe following prayer is suggested for your use both on Saturday and to possibly incorporate into Sunday's worship which coincides with Mother's Day:
O God, we cry out to you
for the lives and the freedom
of the 276 kidnapped girls in Nigeria.
In their time of danger and fear,
pour out your strong Spirit for them.
Make a way home for them in safety.
Make a way back for them
to the education that will lift them up.
Hold them in the knowledge
that they are not captive slaves,
they are not purchased brides,
but they are your beloved daughters,
and precious in your sight.
Change the hearts and minds of their kidnappers
and of all who choose violence against women and girls.
Cast down the mighty from their seat,
and lift up the humble and meek,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
-Written by Elizabeth Smith, Diocese of Perth, Australia