Peace words

Arise then women of this day! – Julia Ward Howe 1870, USA

While current society cashes in on our sentimentality, my mother always reminded me that Mother’s Day (in the USA) had its start in the peace movement.  Julia Ward Howe’s rallying words call women to activism, to intentional peacemaker work.  While Julia Ward Howe uses language specific to wives, sons and husbands, her message reminds us […]

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Remembering past & future — Ana Gobledale

God of the past, the present and the future, Thank you for Grandparents who help us remember, And grandchildren who give us reason to remember. Today we remember, even when there is peace in our land. For Peace is a fragile thing. How often it has hung by only a thread May we, followers of […]

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Peace be with you — British & American Sign Language

A great way to greet one another on-line. First, a demonstration in British Sign Language  (I believe the ‘priest’ mentioned is the person greeting everyone, and the second greeting is to an individual.)   And now a demonstration in American Sign Language: Click here to visit the websites:

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Mothers’ Day Proclamation 1870 – Julia Ward Howe

Mothers’ Day Proclamation 1870 – Julia Ward Howe While Julia Ward Howe uses language specific to wives, sons and husbands, her message reminds us how a day conceived as an anti-war activist’s cry for peace can be sentimentalised and re-directed over time.  I post this in honour of my mother,  Dotty Dale, who continued to […]

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Prayer for Peace — Hereford Cathedral, UK

O God, you would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace: let the design of your great love shine upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows; and give peace to your church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts.  

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Universal Prayer for Peace

Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth; lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust; lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe. Each day at noon people of all faiths and none use this ‘Universal Prayer for Peace’. […]

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Prayers for Palestine & Israel — Jan Sutch Pickard

A prayer for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (third week of September)   God, loving Parent of all humankind, You are our Peace. In Jesus you embodied peace with justice – And you still do— Peace at its most down-to-earth, Peace, which can still prevail In the face of all the […]

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Remembrance Day, 11 Nov

With what words do we remember? With what words do we turn from the memories of war to the hope of peace?   Newest ‘Remembrance Day’ posts . . . (images link to posts) Remembrance services are held both in churches and at war memorials.  For some this is an opportunity to focus on peace. White […]

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Peace call to worship — Susan Pickering, Australia

Consider using for: International Day of Peace, 21 September Hiroshima Day, 6 August   Jesus said; “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” We are called to be peacemakers, to stand against injustice, inequality and oppression For injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Let us gather, as the […]

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Anzac Prayer — Brisbane Roman Catholic Church

God of our Mothers and Fathers, we pray for the peace of the world. We especially entrust to your mercy the homeless and refugees; those who have been dispossessed through war; those whose lives and families have been disrupted; and who mourn the loss of loved ones. We pray for countries who are war-torn even […]

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Prayer for ANZAC Day —  Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Originally written to mark the ANZAC Centenary Gracious and loving God, we remember all who lost their lives through Australia’s involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. On ANZAC Day, we especially remember the courageous actions undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War. On this national day of […]

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ANZAC Day hymn, Remembering — George Stuart, Australia

Tune: St. Anne Click here to access free downloads. In contemplation on this day Both pride and sadness grow; We laud the courage on display; Yet tears can overflow. White crosses filling endless fields Remind us of those lost; We long for respite, that which shields Us from war’s wicked cost. We honour all who […]

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Prayer for peace, Order of St Luke — Australia

Dearest Friend, gentle Spirit, breath of live, source of our being, from the peacefulness of silence, the silence that preceded Creation, your Word entered the void and said, ‘Let there be light.’ This afternoon we sit mindful that we are kin and covenanted to that Word and to your light. We are grateful to you, […]

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Prayer response to violence, 1 John 4:20

Adapted from a prayer written by Revd Terri Hord Owens, USA, originally forged in response to peaceful demonstrations and violent response in Charlottesville, North Carolina USA. God of Love, our hearts break at the violence in our world, the loss of life, the dishonoring of children of God, the vile insults hurled and the wounds of […]

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Hiroshima Day, 6 August

What words can express the horrors of war? The atrocity of dropping an atom bomb on Hiroshima?  Nagasaki? The complicity of citizens? The heart-wrenching desire to set things more right. The craving for forgiveness and atonement? Spirit of Peace, hear our prayer. “U.S. airman Matthew McGunigle photographed the Hiroshima blast. After the war, he entered […]

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Global Day for Syria 21/09

Day of Action and Prayer for Syria & Peace 21 September What words can express the horror, the sadness, the hope, the truth? Newest ‘Day for Syria’ posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Day for Syria’ resources . . . Words to help us face the situation in Syria…    

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World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel

Each September the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches invites participation in this week of advocacy and action supporting an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.  Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice unite during the week to take […]

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May I be a bridge…Daily Prayer–Shantideva, India

Daily Prayer, by Shantideva, Buddhist sage 700 A.D., India Prayer performed each morning by His Holiness the Dalai Lama 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 […]

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International Day of Peace 21 September

The International Day of Peace, marked each year on 21st September, is a time for individuals, community groups, nations and international organisations to re-commit to the way of peace with justice. The UnitingJustice Australia website provides worship resources, including a Call to Worship, Litany for Peace, prayers of confession and intercession, blessing and dismissal, UnitingJustice Australia is […]

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I Dream a World — Langston Hughes, USA

Though the original words are exclusive, the sentiment is eternal. The bracketed phrases have been inserted to include everyone…   I dream a world where [each person] No other [person] 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 […]

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Prayers for Remembrance Sunday — Cara Heafey, UK

Merciful God, your love embraces all of creation. Your realm knows nothing of the borders we draw between nations. You have taught us that every woman, man and child is our neighbour. You have commanded us to love, love, love, without thought of our own security, or glory, or gain. Remind us that you have […]

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Scouts International Peace Light Service

Each Advent season, the Scout International Peace Light travels from Bethlehem around the world. Towns and faith communities hold services for receiving the light and for sending it forth. These resources are for use in a Peace Light Service. Peace Light Prayer May the kindly spirit of Christmas spread its radiance far and wide, So all the […]

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Passing the Peace

Passing or sharing the “Peace of Christ” is a common element in Christian worship.  What words feel comfortable for your congregation?  Here are some variations on the theme…

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Prayer and Action for Peace — Ana Gobledale, UK

            Peace Your promise Our hope   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 […]

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Peace Prayers — Disciples Peace Fellowship, USA

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.  The language strives for inclusivity. It is easy to subscribe so the prayers pop up in your email each week. The Disciples Peace Fellowship is connected to […]

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