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Call to Prayer as South Africa debates the State of the Nation

Call
to Prayer as South Africa debates the State of the Nation



Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is calling for prayers for proceedings in Parliament
in the coming days, when MPs will debate the state of the nation.
    President Jacob Zuma will deliver his annual State of the
Nation Address in Parliament on the 11th February at 19hrs, under the theme
'Following on Our Commitments to the People'. The planned dates for the debate
on the State of the Nation Address are on the 16th and 17th February and the
President will reply to the debate on 18th February.
    At an Ash Wednesday service at St. George's Cathedral,
packed with parishioners and attended by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu,
Archbishop Thabo stressed the importance of prayer for the renewal of Southern
Africa and the Church in particular.
    With the Director of Peace and Justice at Bishopscourt, the
Revd Canon Desmond Lamprecht, he has composed the following prayer for use in
churches:

Prayer for Parliament 

Dear God,

    Celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa, we thank
you for your faithfulness and providence to all of us.

    As Parliament reopens this year, we acknowledge our past
past failings. We have not been conduits for a just and peaceful society; we
have turned our faces away from the daily challenges of crime, corruption,
unemployment, and violence against women and children.

    Lord, we have trodden this road before, one on which the
vast majority of our people suffer exclusion,  trapped in poverty and
inequality.

    We pray for the leaders of our beloved country, especially
those responsible for upholding our constitutional principles and values to
ensure these are realised in our future;

    We intercede for those who execute parliamentary procedures
to do so with a sense of accountability, transparency and a commitment to serve
the people with honour and dignity;

    May your Holy Spirit guide the deliberations of this session
of Parliament so that all South Africans may experience a better life for all
through the Constitution as the embodiment of our democracy.

    These prayers and deep longings we express with a sure hope
and belief in the Holy Spirit of God who guides all into truth, even Jesus
Christ our Lord.

    AMEN



Posted: 2016/02/11 (09:33:33 AM)


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