Tuesday, 18 May 2010
IDAHO Prayers from Reverend Jide Macaulay and House Of Rainbow members. May 2010
Let us Pray
Most loving God in heaven, we are gathered here to address some of the biggest issues in our nation, in religion and in our world today, the violence and exclusion of sexual minorities, Children of God. We are asking for the unimaginable love of God, the wasteful generosity and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to be our portion.
We act with faith as we engage in the casting of our burden’s into God’s hands. We pray for zero tolerance of hate from every area of society including our religious families.
We forgive the discrimination and misunderstanding by our society and religious communities, our religious leaders have preached, cajoled and reported that we are evil and an abomination to God, we pray today, WHOSE REPORT SHALL WE BELIEVE?
Report of hate or love? the bible confirms, God is love and there is no fear in love.
Report of Injustice or Justice? Prophet Micah asked, what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Report of condemnation or reconciliation? Paul told the Romans, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Report of exclusion or inclusion? In Colossians, there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.
In Nigeria, Where our Christian brothers and sisters, our leaders are prepared to throw us to the wolves, into the lion’s den and into the human lake of fire, we pray that God will take our yoke and make them light, God will take our pains and sorrows away, God will delight us with happiness and joy.
17th May each year we celebrate IDAHO to remember those injured, killed, families destroyed due to external, internal, state and religious sponsored homophobia. We believe as a Christian Community, Saints and Refugee of God and Asylum of Christ love, we come with a Christian response to arrest homophobia, to detain hatred, stop the abuse and alienation, reconcile families and love ones.
We pour out our souls and spirit in prayers of healing to all affected by hatred, for those alienated from Cape Town to Cyprus, Lagos to London, Mumbai to Melbourne, New York to Nepal that healing will begin today, that people will come to the church for healing and love, peace and reconciliation.
We pray for we know that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
We believe according to 1 Peter 2:9-10 that But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,* in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 10Once we were not a people, but now we are God’s people; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy
Also 1 Peter 3:8-9, says all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. Amen.