What makes for peace?
Resources for Prayer on Peace & Syria, Global Ministries, USA
For an excellent selection of ready-to-use prayer and worship resources gathered by Global Ministries, USA, click here. Numerous resources helpful to congregations and individuals have been included, arising from a variety of faith traditions.
The Lord is my Light: a prayer service for Syria —Mennonite Central Committee, USA
A complete service is provided including:
Prayer inspired by Lamentations 5
Remember, O Lord, what has befallen your children;
Look, and see their pain and suffering.
Five years of tension, of scarce resources, of lost community and identity,
Their inheritance has been turned over to strangers, their homes, schools and businesses destroyed in the violence.
They have become orphans, fatherless; their mothers are now widows.
They are weary, but are given no rest.…
May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be
a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awaken
(on the Global Ministries, USA site)
Though the words are exclusive, the sentiment is eternal. Please feel free to read with words that include you and others…
I dream a world where man [sic]
No other man [sic] will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man [sic] is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind [sic]-
Of such I dream, my world!
God of love, mercy, and grace, we…thank you that, on this day and in this place, we are united in praise. We rejoice in ecumenical agreements found, in dialogue pursued and sustained with patience and for the hope and promise of what will yet be.
God, always constant, always new, bless us with hope.
We rejoice in the gifts of all your people and the service offered in and through your churches for the transformation and tending of your world. We pray for priests and ministers, for bishops and councils; for elders and preachers, lay readers and churchwardens, that all may be encouraged in service. We pray for wisdom to sustain good and holy forms of ministry and for imagination and faithfulness in renewing the church.
God, whose service is freedom, inspire our serving.
We thank you for the traditions of prayer and learning, of worship, ministry and daily life, that we inhabit and which you bless. Give us grace to learn of you from one another and the generosity to share and receive our distinctive gifts, that we may know both your constancy and your originality and discern together the shape of faithful discipleship.
God, who travels with us, help us to journey together.
We pray for your guidance and grace as we engage together in discussion and dialogue. Hep us to be both bold and vulnerable, always ready for the testing work of true reconciliation. Be with us as we talk of church and nation, of how we may discern your will, and of what it means to be the Church. Help us to honour our traditions, to be faithful to the needs of today and to be open to a future shaped by your Holy Spirit.
Eternal God…guide and strengthen us…that we may give ourselves in love and service to one another and to you….Amen.
Followed by the singing of For the healing of the nations by Fred Kaan
From “A Service of Reconciliation, healing of memories, and mutual commitment for the Church of England and the United Reformed Church,” 7 February 2012, Westminster Abbey, London UK — on the 350 Anniversary of The Great Eviction
Peace in our communities…
Unite us to raise our voices against violence in our homes
in our churches
in our schools
in our work places
Peace on our earth…
Unite us to take a stand, to act
to become eco-churches
to go green in our homes and communities
to demand powers support agreements and protocols
to protect our lands and rivers from harm
Peace in the marketplace…
Unite us to make a difference
to promote sustainable production and consumption
to support ecological security over national security
to put our money to work for justice through fair trade and fair taxes
Peace among people…
Unite us to be peace makers
building peace among people
promoting human rights
churning arms into ploughshares
Peace perfect peace
Show us how to walk the peace path
Inspired by the article “Planning for Peace,” printed in the Council for World Mission magazine, “Inside Out”
We ask that when we are tired and weary and longing for rest,
you come and provide for us.
When we cannot find your peace in our country and long for your blessing,
provide for us.
As we join the great circle of prayer with all the saints,
we ask you to come into our lives.
When there seems to be no hope,
Lord Jesus you are our hope and our future.
We pray for peace in our world, our nations, our communities and our homes.
The Disciples Peace Fellowship offers weekly Peace Prayers relevant to the concerns of today. It is easy to subscribe so a prayer posp up in your email each week.
Peace prayer archives – Disciples Peace Fellowship
The Disciples Peace Fellowship is connected to the Christian Church – Disciples of Christ USA which is an international partner with the United Reformed Church UK and many other faith groups throughout the world.
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.Hebrews 13:3
With these words we pray together for those who are in prison all over the world, those easily forgotten.
We pray especially for the political prisoners of Palestine and Israel.
We pray for the sick among them and those who cannot handle the hardship of a prison cell,
for the children and women who are mistreated behind bars.
We also remember those left behind, the families who are bereaved as their beloved ones are sent to prison.
We pray for inner transformation for those who committed crimes, and in need of conversion.
We pray for hearts and minds that are haunted by hatred and fear, that we will soon find peace and reconciliation in souls and in the societies.
This region aches with so much troubles of the body and soul, both presently and in history.
In Palestine and Israel today many lack freedom and too many are behind bars.
For too long injustice, violence and fear have shaped this region.
We pray and ask for human treatment and justice for all, as we are all children of God.
At last we pray for a just peace settlement and reconciliation,
a peace where there will be no more political prisoners behind bars
and where harmony will prevail in the hearts of all the peoples of this region.
We pray for God’s mercy, for freedom for those in shackles and for peace in our time.
As we observe this week with our brothers and sisters from churches all over the world we pray:
Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
for we are in desperate need.
Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants. May the groans of the prisoners come before you; with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.Psalm 79, 8-11
Palestinian church leaders in Jerusalem shared this prayer for the 2014 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, an annual initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice and peace unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.
The World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel events and activities follow three principles:
1. Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other worship resources prepared for the week.
2. Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially issues related to prisoners.
3. Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.
The action week’s message is that now:
- It’s time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace.
- It’s time for freedom from occupation.
- It’s time for equal rights.
- It’s time for the healing of wounded souls.
Passing or sharing the “Peace of Christ” is a common element in Christian worship. What words feel comfortable for your congregation? To read a selection of variations on the theme click here.
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Baha’i Prayer for Peace
…Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
Buddhist Prayer for Peace …May the powerless find power and may people think of befriending one another….
Hindu Prayer for Peace
…May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
Islamic Prayer for Peace
…And the servants of God Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say, “Peace.”
Jain Prayer for Peace
…. A weapon, however powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a superior one; but no weapon can be superior to nonviolence and love.
Jewish Prayer for Peace
… And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks….
Native African Prayer for Peace
O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, we raise the pipe to you,… Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this Earth.
Shinto Prayer for Peace
…why are there constant troubles in this world? …
Sikh Prayer for Peace
… Know that we attain God when we love…
Zoroastrian Prayer for Peace
We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world….
These prayers for peace were offered at the Church of Saint Francis of Assissi, Italy, on the Day of Prayer for World Peace during the United Nations International Year of Peace, 1986 when Pope John Paul II convened representatives of the world’s religions to gather to pray together.
“For the first time in history, we have come together from every where, Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities, and World Religions, in this sacred place dedicated to Saint Francis, to witness before the world, each according to his own conviction, about the transcendent quality of peace. The form and content of our prayers are very different, as we have seen, and there can be no question of reducing them to a kind of common denominator. Yes, in this very difference we have perhaps discovered anew that, regarding the problem of peace and its relation to religious commitment, there is something which binds us together.”Pope John Paul II, Assisi World Day of Prayer 27 October 1986
These prayers have been used in interfaith services held in Rochester, Kent, UK, and were submitted to Worship Words by Faran Forghani, Chairman- Medway Inter Faith Action (MIFA), Kent, United Kingdom.
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