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Peace Prayer

June 27, 2017
prepared by Carmel Little, CSJP

 

Constitutions
     In accord with our tradition we commit ourselves
     to promote peace in family life, in the church, and in society.
     We strive to respect the dignity of all persons,
     to value the gifts of creation, and to confront oppressive situations.
     We respond to God’s people in need and promote social justice as a way to peace.  (#11)
 
Reading
Earth is a revelation of God and the sustainer of all life.  We recognize that the exploitation and destruction of Earth’s air, water, soil and species is a sacrilege.  We are committed to a spirituality of peacemaking which compels us to live in right relationship with the entire community of life.  In this way, “we engage in the struggle against the reality of evil and continue the work of establishing God’s reign of justice and peace.” (Constitution #2)
 
Recognizing the interdependence of all life, we count among those who are poor all Earth’s creatures whose lives are threatened or diminished. 
                                   (Seeds of Peace: Care of Creation)
 
Prayer for Creation
Creator God, We thank you for the beauty of your Creation, and for giving us the privilege of caring for it. We confess that we have not cared for the earth with the self-sacrificing and nurturing love that you require of us. We mourn the broken relationships in creation. We repent for our part in causing the current environmental crisis that has led to climate change.
 
God of justice, give us courage and persistence to work for justice for those most affected by environmental degradation and climate change.
 
God of all wisdom, give wisdom to the leaders of all the world's nations to work together for a global agreement to tackle climate change. Give them the determination to find a just solution that protects the people who are most vulnerable in our world, and protects creation.
 
Creator God, give us your Spirit to work together to restore your creation and to hand on a safe environment and climate to our children and theirs.  We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
                                  
(Source: Micah Challenge Australia for the standup kit for churches, 2009)
 
Quiet Reflection
 
Poem
I’m going to plant a heart in the earth
water it with love from a vein
I’m going to praise it with the push of muscle
and care for it in the sound of all dimensions.
I’m going to leave a heart in the earth
so it may grow and flower
a heart that throbs with longing
and adores everything green
that will be strength and nourishment for birds
that will be the sap of plants and mountains.  
                                   (Rosario Murillo- Earth Prayers)
 
Prayer
Gracious and generous God, you blessed us with a wonderful world – a world of great beauty and diversity. We have not always cared for the world as we should and at times our desire to control and dominate has brought about destruction.  We pray that this is a moment in time when we begin to appreciate the fragility of our planet
and strive to be in communion with all other beings on earth.
 
Quiet Reflection
 
Prayer
Gracious and generous God, you blessed us with a wonderful world – a world of great beauty and diversity. We pray this day that we grow in reverence and respect for our beautiful creation. And so with open hearts we pray:
 
We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and soaring heights,  
its vitality and abundance of life and together we ask that it:
Teach us and show us the way.
 
We call upon the waters that rim the earth, that flow into our rivers and streams,
that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they;  
Teach us and show us the way.
 
We call upon all the creatures of the seas
– the great whales, the dolphins, sharks, all kinds of fish and we ask them; 
Teach us and show us the way.
 
We call upon the land which grows our food,
the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, and ask that they; 
Teach us and show us the way..
 
We call upon the forests,
the great trees reaching strongly to the sky and we ask them; 
Teach us and show us the way.
 
We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends,
who dreamed the best for the future generations and we ask them;  
Teach us and show us the way.
 
We call upon all that we hold most sacred,
the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth
which flows through the entire universe …to be with us to;  
Teach us and show us the way.  
                                   Chinook Blessing Litany (adapted)
 

Peace Prayer

"We are consciously choosing to shape the future rather than allowing the future to shape us."

Sheila Lemieux, CSJP