• A group of prayers inspired by Christians who just wants the best for this world. They can be recounted by anyone so moved by the words and ready to make a change.

A Prayer For

The Nations of the World


O, Eternal Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, ruler of all things visible and invisible, the lover of souls and the source of our salvation; bless Jamaica and other countries with your love and divine grace. You have called these nations into being to provide space for your kingdom to be manifested. You have provided us with leaders chosen to be your instruments of justice to our people. Remind our nations’ leaders that they are chosen by you to administer the offices and institutions of your world. Remind us that we are to provide the support and encouragement necessary to enable our leaders to perform the tasks you have given to them. Leaders in the political and other spheres of life tend to forget that we are all ultimately accountable to you, our chief steward. Inspire the leaders of our nations to serve your people out of an acknowledgement of our call to serve you. Since the whole world is yours remind us that it is your will that all persons come to knowledge of you as Lord and God. Bless the government and people of our nations; fill us with the zeal to build up each other so that your people will find in our lands sources of help for each other. Herein we pray especially for young people in universities and colleges, in high schools and in other educational institutions. Inspire them with a thirst for knowledge and faith and fill them with hope for the future. Though often daunted by the challenges before them, especially the prospect of employment and other opportunities, we pray that you will instill in them enthusiasm for life and a constant search for truth. Remind our people that you, O God, are the creator of heaven and earth and that all things work for good to those who love you. Calm our fear, allay our anxieties and enable us to trust you always for the provision of our necessities. We ask these things in and through the Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Lord fill us with the zeal to build up each other so that your people will find in our lands sources of help and each other. Amen.

 

Prayer written by: Canon Garth Minott

  • A group of prayers inspired by Christians who just wants the best for this world. They can be recounted by anyone so moved by the words and ready to make a change.

A Prayer For

Faith


O God of faith, and giver of faith, we praise and glorify you for all your goodness and loving kindness to us. We praise your name for it is holy and from you all holiness processes. We give you thanks for the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, a faith which allows us to fear you and live in accordance with your will. We praise you and give you thanks for the faith of our forebears who remained steadfast to their call to serve you. Renew us, we pray, in the faith that has been handed down to us. Help us with the faith you have given us to trust you with all our hearts. Help us to recognize that, with the faith you have given us, we can remove mountains. With the faith we receive from you we allow you to work through us to advance the cause of your kingdom on earth. We confess that we have not always exercised your gift of faith as you desire of us. We have not always trusted you to do for us more than we can ever imagine or understand.
Forgive us for our lack of faith and renew your Church in the faith of Jesus Christ. With this faith, as our trust and confidence in you, help us to reclaim our place on your mission to the world. Inspire us to be ambassadors of faith to all your people, and help us to place all our trust and confidence in your plan of salvation. We ask these things through Jesus, Christ, our risen and ascended Lord. Amen.

Help us with the faith you have given us to trust you with all our hearts. Amen.

 

Prayer written by: Canon Garth Minott

  • A group of prayers inspired by Christians who just wants the best for this world. They can be recounted by anyone so moved by the words and ready to make a change.

A Prayer For

The Society, Nation and People


O God of Sarah, Rachael and Rebecca; God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob your name alone is worthy of praise and you alone are our maker, redeemer and sustainer. You have made the heaven your dwelling place and the earth your footstool. There is no people, place or thing over which your dominion does not extend. You are God alone, to whom every knee must bend and every tongue confess. Kingdoms, dominions, nations and people too often think you can be displaced yet you continually do for us as was done of old for the Israelites in Egypt. They cried to you and you heard them. Our society, nation and people cry to you, even in this hour, pleading your intervention in the lives of all. Make hearts of stone become hearts of flesh; make lives of clay become vessels of love; make tongues of fire become tongues which delight in the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ. We commend to your divine mercy all those who continue to work for the advance of your kingdom. Remember those who witness and work in situations of war and conflicts of various kinds; we pray for those who minister to persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families, we pray also for men and women everywhere whose lives bear witness to the living Christ. Because the health, safety and salvation of all people remain your concern O Lord God, we commend all people into your loving hands in and for the sake of and the Name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Redeemer.

O God of Sarah, Rachael and Rebecca; God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; your name alone is worthy of praise and you alone are our maker, redeemer and sustainer. Amen

 

Prayer written by: Canon Garth Minott

  • A group of prayers inspired by Christians who just wants the best for this world. They can be recounted by anyone so moved by the words and ready to make a change.

A Prayer For

Black lives matter: Let Us Pray to the Lord, the giver of life


Our Gracious Lord and God we adore you and bless you; we magnify and exalt your glorious name. We thank you for sending us your Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have access to fullness of life eternal. We thank you also for the gift of your Holy Spirit: the Lord and giver of life, the author of the Church and the giver of compassion to each pilgrim. We thank you too for the opportunities given to us to share your love with all people. Through our sacramental life, as a Church, you remind us that all of life is scared and must be treated with the utmost respect. Through our worship you remind us that the fullness of life is only discovered when our hearts and bodies are in tune with your will. Your purpose is made real through our daily witness. In it you continue to testify to your greatness, your mysterious power, your love and your glory. Make us shine in our daily lives like the pillar of fire which accompanied your people Israel of old and, fill us with the power which propelled the early disciples to share the good news of the resurrection. Help us to be ever mindful that the world searches, amidst the business, noise and confession of daily life, for meaning, hope and direction. Make our hearts always ready to respond to the needs of others and be committed to share the great news that Jesus Christ is alive and is life. We pray as your Easter people in the Name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Gracious Lord and God we adore you and bless you; we magnify and exalt your glorious name. Amen.

 

Prayer written by: Canon Garth Minott

The Nature of God

Reading Association [ 1 John 01:5-9 ; Matthew 05:15-16 ]

Discipleship as Glowing Waters

There are plankton or small and microscopic organisms drifting or floating in the sea or fresh water all over the world with unique abilities.  They can give off light; and the spectacular display of brightness and vivid colours is an awesome sight to behold.  Puerto Rico, Mauritius and Jamaica are some of the countries that experience the beautiful light show from bioluminescent or star like plankton.

Science explains that plankton gained the ability to light up when they are threatened by predators.  The idea is that the sparks of light would startle their would-be attackers, giving the plankton a chance to escape.  I guess these are the measures one must take when one is in demand on the food chain.  Plankton have become so sensitive to predators that they now glow for almost any kind of movement in their vicinity: from a hand wading in the water to waves crashing against the rocks. With all these motions taking place continuously, it is even more spectacular when you realize that the plankton never tire of glowing; and even seem to glow brighter as more activities take place around them.

Is it not amazing and wonderful how nature easily performs the tasks that God wants us to do as his children?  As we go through life each day we are faced with so many movements and activities around us – whether good or bad.  A hand stirring the water for the plankton could be a lost job opportunity or a departed loved one for us.  The waves pushing the plankton against some jagged rocks could be for us an approaching hurricane or an unknown depression.  God desires that we as disciples glow brightly even during these trying times by praying constantly, giving thanks for all the good things He has done, smiling at the world even if it frowns at us; and even helping our enemies as they plot against us.  It is tough to “let your light so shine” (Matthew 05:15-16) on earth but we must realize that with God’s help we can overcome any hurdle.

However, the plankton also glows when the motions are not threatening.  God desires us as intentional disciples to light up the world during the good times as well.  What may be gentle waves could be our new born baby, finally being able to pay off the mortgage, getting some alone time, and, being able to see the beauty in the world around us.

As disciples of Christ our lamps must always be burning brightly (1 John 01:5-9), letting everyone around us know that we all are children of God and that we are happy to be a part of God’s family. Let us endeavor to glow like the bioluminescent plankton and strive to have a better and even closer walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

About This Blog

A team of nature-lovers who have come together to write about those things that we see happening naturally around the world which can help us to action the Word of God.  It is meant to enlighten, to initiate, in provide different perspectives, to inspire others whilst keeping the reading content to manageable bite sizes.  Leave your comments and questions below.  We would love to hear from you.

 

The Nature of God

Reading Association [Psalm 24; I Cor 12; Ephesians 02:10; 1 Peter 04:10 – 11]

The Eye Of The Owl

So, what I had found out recently is that all owls have amazing vision since they do not have eyeballs but rather have “eye tubes” [mother nature network: mnn.com].  These tubes are elongated and therefore can detect motion and differences for great distances.  They allow the owl to see prey and/or danger long before they even know of the owl’s presence which is especially effective during the nights.  Also, note that since the owl’s eyes are forward facing it means that they have binocular vision like humans which gives them better depth perception.

However, due to the size and structure of an owl’s eye, it is able to swivel/move the eyes from side to side or up and down within the “sclerotic rings” that they are held in place by.  Which is why the owls give thanks for “swivel necks”.  Owls swivel neck is just a summarized way of saying that they have more vertebrae in their necks; they have alternate blood vessels to their heads, blood pooling systems and air-cushioned vessels which translate to the fact that their heads can turn 135 degrees in either direction giving them a full 270 degrees of view.

This shows how the owl relies upon many of its features working in unison to survive each day.

Similarly, as Christians, our talents are meant to work together with the talents of others to accomplish great tasks (I Cor 12).  A speaker who can make persons see the beauty of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may not have the skills to get the same people to come to their presentation(s) and therefore will rely on others with strong social, missionary and even marketing skills to help gather the flock.  A social church member may be able to serve food well to the elderly but may not know anything about preparing those meals as much as another member who is a talented chef; and that talented chef may not know about gathering ingredients for the dishes at an economical cost in the same way that a taxi-driver might.

All missions that are given to us through Jesus Christ usually require the involvement of a team of persons with varying skill sets and talents working together for one common goal.  The Bible says that each talent from each person is important to completing any job and especially the Lord’s work (Ephesians 02:10; 1 Peter 04:10 – 11).  As a body of Christ I pray that we strive to be like the owl; whereby it employs its many talents to help in his survival; so too can we bring together our many talents to praise God and bring others even closer to Him who is our hope and our salvation. Amen.

 

About This Blog

A team of nature-lovers who have come together to write about those things that we see happening naturally around the world which can help us to action the Word of God.  It is meant to enlighten, to initiate, in provide different perspectives, to inspire others whilst keeping the reading content to manageable bite sizes.  Leave your comments and questions below.  We would love to hear from you.

 

do not be afraid, I am

In another month and a half we will start the hurricane season. The season is a time of living on the edge. Yet, it is also a time of heightened preparation. In the midst of living on the edge and the preparation is the voice of the silent God in Jesus Christ who says, “do not be afraid, it is I” or more precisely “do not be afraid, I am.” In this latter sense, the reader is transported back to the liberation of the people of Israel in the book of Exodus. There God announces the divine name as I AM (Exodus 3). In the Gospel according to John Jesus is announced as the I am in chapter 6. Faced with a storm at sea the disciples surrendered to I AM and got to shore safely. In a similar way we too will be caught in the storms of life; not just during the hurricane season but throughout our lives. Trust in the presence of God, as the disciples did, while still working for peace and calm, is sufficient to get us safely through the storms of life.

 

Easter Vigil 2017

“The court declares that sections 13 and 16 of the [Sexual Offences Act] are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void,…”

RULING AFFIRMS THE RIGHT TO HUMAN DIGNITY BY ALL – PANCAP

Friday, 13 April, 2018 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, welcomes Judge Devindra Rampersad’s ruling which states: “The court declares that sections 13 and 16 of the [Sexual Offences Act] are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalise any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults.”

The ruling in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago acknowledges that every individual regardless of their race, colour, gender, age or sexual orientation has the right to human dignity.

This ruling is aligned with PANCAP’s Justice for All Programme which calls for the establishment of procedures to accelerate the process for the repeal of laws decriminalising sexual acts in private between consenting adults and replace with or retain the provision criminalising sexual acts between any person in public, with the use of force, and acts of indecency committed against any person of less than 16 years of age.

PANCAP reflects on one of the recommendations of the Regional Consultation of Faith Leaders in February 2017 in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago which acknowledged areas of litigation that may challenge religious values and the responses required to harmonise principles and practices around human rights, human sexuality and human dignity. In handing down his decision, Justice Rampersad said that the ruling however is “not an assessment or denial of the religious beliefs of anyone …However, this conclusion is a recognition that the beliefs of some, is not the belief of all”.

PANCAP therefore encourages continued dialogue between the Faith Community and the LGBTI community on areas of agreement and commonality.

 

PANCAP Champions urged to use collective influence to help end AIDS

Wednesday, September 13 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, relaunched the Champions for Change initiative during a ceremony on Tuesday, September 12 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.  

 

Sixteen advocates for ending AIDS from across the region within civil society organisations, National AIDS Programme Managers, faith leaders, academia, youth, regional parliamentarians were recognized by PANCAP for exceptional work in advocacy.     

 

The highlight of the event was a keynote address by The Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President, Caribbean Court of Justice, who urged the new Champions to use their combined influence to make significant strides to reduce stigma and discrimination against HIV people living with HIV and to implement programmes and activities that seek to end the spread of HIV.

 

‘Your commitment to leveraging your individual and collective influence will play a key role in helping our Region, and the world, end this epidemic’ stated Sir Byron, ‘We can no longer sit back contently in our “rocking-chairs” of indecision and indecisiveness or intention and inertia and observe the undoing of all the advancements we have made. While we must celebrate those achievements, this is a time for A-C-T-I-O-N!’

 

In his examination of Judicial Attitudes and HIV and AIDS within the context of positioning the judiciary to effectively contribute to ending AIDS by 2030, Sir Byron contended that HIV affects every aspect of the human condition and, as such, it requires an informed, rational and just response if we are to be successful in ending the epidemic. ‘This premise is relevant to the judiciary in the discharge of its duties as guardian of the due administration of justice and protector of human rights’ contended Sir Byronwho also observed that law is an important structural determinant of health.

 

Sir Byron reasoned that judicial officers must exhibit and reinforce anti-discriminatory attitudes and practices that will supplement and underscore the efforts being made to end the epidemic. Judicial officers must manage what goes on in the courtroom, to ensure that persons who are susceptible to discriminatory treatment are treated fairly by all players in the judicial process including court staff, counsel, police officers, witnesses and such others.

 

Sir Byron proposed that it is incumbent for judicial officers to equip themselves with the requisite knowledge about HIV and AIDS, not merely knowledge of the law relating to HIV and AIDS, human rights, anti-discriminatory laws and the like, but also knowledge concerning the disease itself and issues which affect and promote the spread of the disease such as, for example, gender inequality.

 

‘Judicial officers must adopt a proactive stance to acquiring and updating this knowledge – we must obtain the relevant tools and materials’ stated Sir Byron.

 

Sir Byron shared his views on the role of the Caribbean Court of Justice. ‘As President of the CCJ, it is my view, that as an apex Court our reach should extend beyond the precincts of the Court and our adjudicatory functions. As a Caribbean institution, we must engage in activities which improve access to and the quality of justice for all and instill confidence in the fairness of the judicial system and the administration of justice’.

 

Sir Byron noted that in dealing with attitudes towards knowledge and capacity building, the propositions made in PANCAP’s Model Anti-Discrimination Bill for the establishment of a dedicated Anti-Discrimination Commission and Tribunal must be appreciated as they indicate a positive attitude towards capacity building. ‘The establishment of a dedicated grievance resolution system means that complaints will not be hampered by existing case backlogs within the current judicial systems across the region, which unfortunately still cause inordinate delay’, contended Sir Byron. 

 

Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr Douglas Slater spoke on behalf ofAmbassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM.  He stated that the ‘PANCAP Champions for Change initiative presents a unique opportunity to transfer the best practices learnt through PANCAP interventions, to the public health sector in the Region’.  He described PANCAP as a best practice within the Region for coordinating and orchestrating effective interventions particularly among civil society organisations.  He also referred to PANCAP interventions and capacity building for National AIDS programme managers as significant steps in the response to the spread of HIV.    

 

Honourable Nicolette Henry, Minister of Education, Guyana in her remarks recommitted to using her influence to reduce stigma and discrimination within the health sector.  She urged that health care practitioners should be professional and warned that stigma and discrimination are aiding the continued spread of HIV.  ‘Treating people with dignity and respect should be at the forefront of the response to HIV,’ stated Minister Henry, ‘I am committed to speaking out against discrimination and will use my office to ensure people living with HIV receive the care and treatment they require’.

 

Ms Joan Didier, Board Member, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, in her remarks stated that civil society is ‘imploring policy makers, parliamentarians and all those with influence to ensure that people living with HIV are not discriminated against when they seek help from public health institutions’.  ‘A scornful look or an attitude of concern and care from a nurse or doctor, could mean the difference between life or death for someone with HIV,’ stated Ms Didier, ‘Champions, I urge you to use your platform to empower people living with HIV’.  

 

The ceremony concluded with Sir Byron issuing an inspired charge to the new PANCAP Champions.  ‘Efforts over the next few years will decide whether we will end AIDS by 2030 or face resurgence’, stated Sir Byron, ‘In over four decades of the epidemic, science, social mobilization, political commitment and coordinated response among key stakeholders have made it possible to end AIDS. History shall not be kind to us if we become complacent now’.

 

The 2017 Champions for Change include Guyana’s First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger for her outstanding leadership and championing of the ‘Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child’ Initiative; the Executive Director of LIVE UP Dr. Allyson Leacock; Attorney-at-law Dr. Arif Bulkan; Canon of the Cathedral in the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Canon Garth Minott, Member of Parliament (Guyana), Dr. Frank Anthony; the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Law and Economics (ILE), Jamaica, Dwayne Gutzmer; Founder and Managing Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in Guyana, Joel Simpson; Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) Kenita Placide; Speaker of the National Assembly of Belize and Chairperson of the National AIDS Commission, Laura Tucker-Longworth; Chair of the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS), Lucien Govaard; Guyana’s professional squash player, Nicolette Fernandes; Minister in Charge of the Calvary Evangelical Church Barbados, Dr Nigel Taylor; Director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Programme at the Bahamas Ministry of Health, Dr Nikkiah Forbes; Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh; Deputy Programme Manager within the Communications Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat, Volderine Hackett; and Senior Pastor of The Poonah Open Bible Miracle Centre (POBMC), Trinidad and Tobago, Rev. Winston Mansingh.