Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
(Book of Common Prayer)
We thank the Rev. Paul S. Winton, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlotte, for authoring the following prayers:
For the Campaign
O God and Father above, we live in a world full of challenges and needs so great they sometimes overwhelm us. Yet in the face of staggering need there is something we can do as the body of Christ to combat a persistent and deadly disease. Malaria is a disease that you have shown us a way to combat. For a few American dollars, we can purchase mosquito nets and protect an entire family for years. We beseech you to move the hearts of your people within your Church to generosity, O God. Stir our hearts for the purchase and distribution of NetsforLife® – that countless lives may be saved in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit calls us to care for our sisters and brothers throughout the world – wherever they may be. Amen
AS a Preface for Holy Communion
We offer this Holy Eucharist to the glory of Almighty God and in thanksgiving for the Ministry of NetsforLife®, that as we gather at the Lord’s Table to offer Thanksgiving for the saving work of God in Christ, we might each be called to saving work by giving to NetsforLife®, a ministry to which God has called this parish. Amen
AS a prayer to open a NetsforLife® Presentation or a call to give
Heavenly Father, we offer this presentation on NetsforLife® to you and your ever-saving work in the world. Help the facts in this presentation open minds, help the truth in this presentation open hearts and help the hope of this presentation open arms that this ministry might be embraced by your people. In the saving Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
IN Thanksgiving for the gift of Nets
God and Father, loving all that you have made, we give you thanks that hearts have been moved to generosity and these Nets for Life have been purchased so that endangered lives might be spared. May these nets which will protect your blessed from disease also serve as an outward and visible sign of a deep and abiding inward and spiritual love grounded in your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ, for our sisters and brothers throughout the world – wherever they may be. Amen.