Special -- PAAM Sunday
Service Prayers for
Pacific Islander Asian
American Ministries Sunday
are members or friends of the congregation from a PAAM culture, invite them to share
music and dance from their cultural background, and to teach familiar prayers and psalms in their language.
Call to Worship
Come Let us give thanks
to Our God
and proclaim God’s
praises and tell the wonderful things God has done.
Let us come before our God for worship
God will keep the covenant forever
May our God give
strength to God’s people!
Let all who worship God rejoice.
(Adapted from Psalm 105
I love our GOD,
who hears me and listens to my prayers.
God listens to
me every time I call.
(Adapted from Psalm
116: 1- 2 GNB)
Surely God is ready
to save those who give honor,
saving presence will remain in our Land.
faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will embrace.
(Adapted from Psalm 85:
9 – 10 GNB)
This is the day
which our God has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
(Adapted from Psalm
dance based on traditions of a PAAM culture.
O God, we invoke your loving
presence in our midst,
we gather here to worship and praise
for the blessings we receive from
As we gather from far and near, fill
us with your Spirit
and help us through this worship to
hear your still small voice.
O God, transform us though your love
and claim us as your children.
Let this worship bring glory and
honor to you. Amen
Prayer of Confession
God, we are unworthy to come to your throne of grace,
your love is so amazing
you will lead us in the right path and give us new strength.
we fail to recognize your loving presence in our lives.
time we face trials, temptations and problems
help us to regain our confidence in you
your mighty act of redemption.
us for not being faithful in remembering
everlasting love in our weakness.
us when we fear so much for our future
we manipulate to accumulate wealth.
God, remind us you will lead us and
provide us all our wants.
ask for forgiveness
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
gave his life so that we may
have our life in abundance. Amen.
God has heard our prayers and in confidence and hope
we are bold to say the
prayer our Lord Jesus Christ taught us…
The Lord’s Prayer
be taught and then recited in the language of a PAAM culture
Reading of Psalm
Reading of Scriptures
Acts 9: 36- 43, Revelation 7: 9 – 17 and St. John 10:22 - 30
Intercessory Prayer (Prayer of an Immigrant)
we, the people
of PAAM, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans,
come before you
recollecting the great men and women of the Bible
immigrants and whom you helped in their lives’ journeys.
Sarah followed your call to leave their country and family,
Give us faith like Abraham and
Sarah to live in times of difficulties.
was asked to go to leave her home
and travel to a
different country to marry Isaac, in trust she started her journey,
O God, give us trust like
Jacob worked hard for
years in a different country to establish a family,
O God, give us the opportunity to
work like Jacob.
Honesty and sincerity
elevated Joseph to high office far from home,
O God, help us to live honest and
Moses remembered the
struggles of his people in a foreign land,
O God, help us to think of our
people in time of their need.
In exile, Nehemiah
prayed and had a vision of betterment for his people,
O God, help us to foster prayer and vision in our
Esther and Mordecai for
risked their lives in a foreign land
for the good of their people,
O God, give
us the courage to serve our people.
persevered far from his home to spread the Gospel
the world and be a witness for your love,
O God, give
us perseverance and faith to show the world
love for one another
and to ensure
a witness to your “Still Speaking” voice.
God, we pray for the people of our many communities in different countries
are affected by natural disasters:
Tsunami, Mud slides, Hurricanes;
who are affected by human injustice:
labor, abuse of women, human trafficking and war,
Hear our prayers, O God, and
make us instruments
of peace and justice. Amen
O loving and giving God
we bring to you a portion of what
you have given to us.
We thank you for the opportunity to
and may these gifts be used to
establish your will.
Accept these gifts and use them for
your glory. Amen.
The Prayer of Dedication (Unison)
God we pray to give us mind and heart
use the gifts and talents you have given us.
Moses used his shepherd’s crook,
your power flowed through that rod.
Joshua dedicated his spear,
miracles were performed with your help.
David used his sling and stone in your name
he brought down a giant.
a child willingly offered five loaves and two fish,
Jesus fed 5000.
had a needle, and used it to make clothes for the poor.
us, Lord, to dedicate what ever gifts and talents we have
use for church and community.
we are, Lord, accept and use us for your glory. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is our redeemer,
the love of God the Almighty Creator
and the Fellowship and the communion
of the Holy Spirit the sustainer
be with you all now and for
Go in peace. Amen.
Ends and Service Begins. . .
Service Prayers for PAAM Sunday, was written by the Rev. Dr.
Christopher Ponneraj, pastor of Bedford Congregational UCC of the Bronx, NY.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church
Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH
44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.