Day 28 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/19/21)

Job 31:13-15

“If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me, What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?”

Let us Pray

God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.

Rev. Rob Schenck

Day 27 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/18/21)

Luke 17: 1

He said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur.”

Let Us Pray

There are many people who may be complicit in an abortion; the parents, grandparents, family members, friends, government officials. And then there are the abortionists themselves and the clinic staff.  They are performing not just one abortion procedure, but have chosen it as a career.  Day in and day out they are taking lives, lives they know nothing about.  Let us say a prayer to Saint Luke, the patron saint of doctors, on today his feast day (10/18) that he will touch their hands, hearts and minds from ever performing another abortion.  Dear St. Luke, please continue to work through these doctors so that the thought of taking a child’s life in the womb is abhorrent to them. Direct their hands for life, not death.  Amen.

Anita Flynn

Day 26 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/17/21)

Acts 6:1

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

Let Us Pray

Father, in the Church’s desire to engage our communities with the gospel let her not disengage from those who need their care and company the most. Let us gain wisdom from those who have gone before us and cherish their experiences and perspectives. Help us to appreciate every soul in the body of Christ and minister properly to everybody. Amen. 

Rev. Clenard Childress 

Day 25 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/16/21)

Exodus 20:12

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Let Us Pray

Father, we thank you for the priceless contribution our parents have made into our lives. Now, in the season when we can reciprocate their faithfulness and love, let us not be found negligent.  May we show our thanks not in word only but with deeds that will make them to feel honored and loved continually. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Rev. Clenard Childress

Day 24 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/15/21)

Proverbs 17:6

Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

Let Us Pray

Heavenly Father, you have given us the gift of children and grandchildren. They are truly a joy and a crown. Cause our hearts to shine with delight as we see your hand upon the coming generations. Help us to focus our lives and labor on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with each child that comes within the reach of our embrace and as they are raised for such a time as this. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Archbishop Randolph Sly 

Day 23 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/14/21)

Psalm 127:3-5

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Let Us Pray

Heavenly Father, please keep me from taking for granted the gift of children, mine and those of other families. Help us to remember this heritage that you have given us. Make us faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each generation might be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Archbishop Randolph Sly

Day 22 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/13/21)

Genesis 1:27-28

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.  And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

Let Us Pray

Father of mercy and grace, we thank you for the gift of our children.  Grant that every fiber of our being may rejoice when a new baby, our own or anyone else’s, is born into the world. Help us to welcome them as we would welcome you, for whenever a new baby is conceived, another life to bear your image and another voice to praise and worship you, is beginning.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen. 

Rev. Ben Sheldon 

Day 21 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/12/21)

Genesis 25:21-23

Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived.  The children struggled together within her, and she said,” If it is thus, why do I live?”  So she went to inquire of the Lord.  And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.

Let Us Pray

O, God, you formed us in our mother’s womb and planned a unique and special life and purpose for each of us, and we do thank you.  Grant that we may pray and work for an end to abortion so that no unborn baby you have made may fail to achieve your divine intention for him or her because of intentional abortion.  We pray this for the sake of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen. 

Rev. Ben Sheldon 

Day 20 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/11/21)

Luke 1: 41-44

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Let Us Pray

Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem. As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. 

Fr. Frank Pavone 

Day 19 of Prayer and Scripture to #EndAbortion (10/10/21)

Psalms 139:16

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

Let Us Pray

Gracious God, help us to appreciate the wonder and beauty of Your creation. Help us proclaim on behalf of every one of our fellow human beings, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” May the knowledge that we are intimately known by You shape our lives and actions. Amen. 

Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh