November 20 brings the World Day of Prayer and Action and Universal Children’s Day. The Presbyterian Office of Child Advocacy and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations invite you to join people around the world and celebrate on that day or on Sunday, November 18 or Sunday, November 25.
Here are some ideas for prayer:
Hold a Prayer Vigil for Children
Tips and suggestions on planning your own prayer vigil for your congregation from the PC(USA) Office of Child Advocacy
2012 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths Manual
A Multi-Faith Resource for Year-Round Child Advocacy including prayers and worship ideas
Intercessory Prayer for Children
Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods.
A Prayer for the Day
You have called us to work for true justice in our communities
and to be messengers of freedom
for all who are not treated as your children.
We pray that you will give us grace to put our faith into action
to end the violence and cruelty that overshadows many children’s lives.
Jesus taught us to welcome children and learn from them.
May we use our imagination to put ourselves in children’s shoes
and learn to teach and guide them with wisdom, gentleness and understanding.
Let us treat each child as we would treat the Christ child. Amen
Thanks to Sera Chung for working on this post.