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May 22

Psalm 145, 10-12

Something to read

All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendour of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

Something to think about

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if all our work, not solely our work for just peace, was an act of praise, telling of the glory of peace of earth and of the everlasting possibilities of the ways of non-violence?

In the singing and praying, the planting and hoping that we do together, each of us in our own persistently diverse ways, we embody the glorious spendour of the kingdom and enter into its mystery. And we come out of such moments of community, solidarity, sanctuary, just peace with new testimonies of the possibilities of a glimpsed kingdom of justice and peace and one that allows us to leave behind despair and live in hope for future generations. 

Something to do

Consider organising the planting of a peace tree, or share prayers for peace through Twitter, on Facebook or by email. Tell out the glory of the Good News of Peace.

Something to pray

God of peace and possibility, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier:
We approach you to ask once again for your mercy, forgiveness and a fresh start.
We ask you to help us give peace a chance, in this world.
We want to give peace a chance, yet we have already missed so many opportunities.
We have sabotaged so many initiatives; instead of overcoming evil with good,
we have stood by while good was overpowered.
Forgive us, Lord.

Dona nobis pacem: Give us peace, we pray.

Just as we claim your forgiveness, we also claim this moment in the name of peace.
We accept anew our responsibility as peacemakers and creators of justice.
We give thanks for the Decade to Overcome Violence, for its work in raising our awareness and our yearning for peace. And yet, we admit that there is much more required if we are truly to give peace a chance.

Dona nobis pacem: Give us peace, we pray.

By the moving of your Spirit, commit our hearts and minds to peace, and help us dedicate our lives to becoming the starting-points of peace. 'Let this be the moment, now.'
Help us cooperate with you, giving peace a chance, creating a world where peace may be our ethos and our essence.
Give us peace, we pray. Grant us wisdom and courage to seize the initiative: wisdom to discern the things that make for peace, and courage to be faithful and obedient to you.

Dona nobis pacem: Give us peace, we pray.

God of peace and possibility, make us instruments of your peace
at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation and in all places
so that we may fulfill your will, and so that we may give peace a chance.
In the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

Prayer from the Caribbean

From: http://www.overcomingviolence.org/en/peace-convocation/world-sunday-for-peace/prayer.html

Today's contributor is Alison Swinfen, a member of the Iona Community


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