Peace Day 2014

International Day of Prayer for Peace

Peace Day 2014: "Visions & Dreams of Building Peace."

On Earth Peace and campaign co-sponsors invite congregations and community groups to hold community peace prayer events, or special peace prayers during Sunday worship, on Peace Day -- September 21, 2014.

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A prayer for peace and an end to violence

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by Jim Hug, S.J.

O Loving God,
We so often and for so long hear about the guns and rockets, drones and bombs
We see the pictures of death in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Nigeria, Sudan and South Sudan, Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Central African Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala,…

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

In these few months of 2014, we have heard the weapons and seen the blood of mass shootings and gang violence
In Los Angeles and Detroit, Minneapolis and Miami, in Denver and in 138 other cities, towns and villages across our nation.

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

The bombs are exploding again in Gaza and Israel.

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

Violence continues hidden in so many homes and families around the world – and the abuse of innocent children….

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

In so many parts of the world today, the air is tense
 with
Waiting, uncertainty, 
insecurity.

From ravaged lands, destroyed by war,
 Your peoples lift their hands to you.
We pray for stillness, for justice, and for peace to come and to last.
 We fear that they will not.

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

O God, our maker,
 God of Abraham and Sarah, from whom three great religions stemmed.
 We pray for peace.
We pray for peaceful existence between Israelis and Palestinians, Sunnis and Shiites, Muslims, Jews and Christians.
We pray for negotiations which can reach the roots of historical conflicts.
We pray for a commitment to human rights by all sides and the protection of all lives.
We pray for effective international intervention to ensure justice for all sides.
We pray for humanitarian aid and rebuilding where destruction has occurred.
We pray for peace and for justice in our homes and city streets.

Wrap all and each of these your people in your love.
Let them hear: “Come to me you who suffer
and are burdened and I will give you rest.”

We pray for an end to violence, war and senseless death.

Grant us this, peaceful God.
 Grant us a peaceful world. Amen.

Thank you to Pax Christi USA for sharing this prayer: http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/07/22/prayer-a-prayer-for-peace-and-an-end-to-violence/

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Dialogue vs Debate: Resource for Peaceful Communication

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We’ve all had conversations that shifted from constructive dialogue to argumentative debate in the blink of an eye. How might we build peace and understanding in the world if we were able to shift our conversations toward dialogue and away from debate? This handout will guide you and your community in an exercise to practice dialogue and recognize the difference between debate and dialogue as we work toward respectful communication in all our interactions. 

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Collecting Visions & Dreams of Building Peace

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"Your young people will see visions, and your elders will dream dreams."
— Joel 2:28 | Acts 2:17

The message of Pentecost is that the gospel of peace is for everyone. Peter quoted Joel’s vision of a time when all people—young and old, rich and poor—would be full of the Spirit of the Lord. The Holy Spirit taught Peter and the other disciples that God’s love was to all people, not just to their nation.

As On Earth Peace celebrates it’s 40th anniversary, and we invite you to find someone who seems different from you in some important way— age, gender, race, religion, philosophy, culture, class, etc.—and talk with each other to share your respective “Visions & Dreams of Building Peace” for the next 40 years. 

We invite you to use this handout in your congregations and communities to invite people to share their Visions and Dreams of Peace. You can upload an audio interview, written transcript or video or photograph to http://VisionsAndDreams.us.

Gene Knudsen Hoffman said, “An enemy is one whose story we have not heard.” Together let’s make some new friends!

Click here to download a PDF Version

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The “Kids As Peacemakers” Mural Project invites children, grades 1-6, to share their visions and dreams of building peace with their church and community. 

This Peace Day, consider using this program and its curriculum to teach children the things that make for peace as they cast a vision for the future.  The challenge to adults is to respond to the children’s invitation to build peace alongside of them - making their dreams a reality.

Kids As Peacemakers Mural Project kits are available for $40 if you share that you’ll be using it as part of your Peace Day celebration (typically, they cost $75).

For more information about Kids As Peacemakers Mural Project, contact Marie Benner-Rhoades at MRhoades@OnEarthPeace.org. 

(Source: mattiepdx)

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Benediction for Peace Day “Visions and Dreams” prayer service 
As you depart: 
We give you thanks that you have blessed us with your Spirit. 
Help us to be mindful of your Spirit so that our dreams are your dreamsand our visions are for a world as you intended it to be.Draw us ever closer to you so that we can be witnesses of your presence, peace and love.Amen.
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Benediction for Peace Day “Visions and Dreams” prayer service


As you depart: 

We give you thanks that you have blessed us with your Spirit. 

Help us to be mindful of your Spirit so that our dreams are your dreams
and our visions are for a world as you intended it to be.
Draw us ever closer to you so that we can be witnesses of your presence, peace and love.
Amen.

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Responsive Reading for Visions and Dreams “Peace Day” prayer service 
Leader: “Your young people will see visions, and your elders will dream dreams…” (Acts 2:17)
Leader: O God! O Shepherd! O Dayspring!
All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.
Leader: O Mother! O Redeemer! O Loving Father!
All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.
Leader: O Wisdom! O Prince of Peace! O Healer!
All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.
Leader: O Dove! O Joybringer! O Wallbreaker!
All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.
Leader: O Holy Spirit! O Greening!  O Resurrected One!
All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.
Leader:  O Creator!
All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.
              Open us.
              Plant hope in us.  
              AMEN. Creative Commons License. Please credit if you use this resource: Produced by On Earth Peace Staff, 2014www.OnEarthPeace.org

Responsive Reading for Visions and Dreams “Peace Day” prayer service 

Leader: “Your young people will see visions, and your elders will dream dreams…” (Acts 2:17)

Leader: O God! O Shepherd! O Dayspring!

All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.

Leader: O Mother! O Redeemer! O Loving Father!

All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.

Leader: O Wisdom! O Prince of Peace! O Healer!

All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.

Leader: O Dove! O Joybringer! O Wallbreaker!

All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.

Leader: O Holy Spirit! O Greening!  O Resurrected One!

All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.

Leader:  O Creator!

All:         We want your visions, we want your dreams.

              Open us.

              Plant hope in us.  

              AMEN.

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Use this half-page handout in your #PeaceDay prayer service on September 21, to introduce Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of the Beloved Community, and help people think about what that might look like in your community!
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Use this half-page handout in your #PeaceDay prayer service on September 21, to introduce Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of the Beloved Community, and help people think about what that might look like in your community!

PDF Version

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Visions & Dreams of Building Peace

Find someone who seems different from you in some important way—age, gender, race, religion, philosophy, culture, class, etc.—and interview each other about your respective #VisionsAndDreams on how to #BuildPeace in your life and world. Post something from your conversation here!

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World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony

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THE WORLD PEACE PRAYER AND FLAG CEREMONY

Express your love to all living beings and to all of creation on earth

May Peace Prevail On Earth
May Peace be in every Country
 
Region
Culture
Indigenous Tribe
Newly Emerging Nations
and all of Creation on Earth
 

DESCRIPTION

The World Peace Prayer Ceremony is a global celebration of the oneness of life and the human family. With united hearts and minds, participants of the Ceremony are invited to invoke prayers for peace to prevail in the countries and regions of the world. It is a moving ceremonial ritual rising above national boundaries, religion and ideologies giving expression to the universal wish for peace and harmony which lies at the core of every human heart.

HISTORY

The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony was first organized in Japan by Mrs. Saionji in 1983. In 1986, The First International World Peace Prayer Ceremony was organized in the city of Los Angeles introducing this moving Ceremony to an international audience for the first time outside Japan. Since then this Ceremony has been organized on every continent and in every major city throughout the world.

More information here: http://worldpeace.org/activities_wppcflag.html

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"Visions and Dreams" Call to Worship  

 

One:  The day will come when you will know that God is in your midst.
Many:  Come, Holy Spirit!
One:  God will pour out the Holy Spirit on all flesh.
                Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.
                Your old shall dream dreams,
                And your young shall see visions.
Many:  Come, Holy Spirit!
One:  Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
All:  Come, Holy Spirit!  Give us ears to hear, eyes to see and courage to act!!  Amen. Creative Commons License, Produced by On Earth Peace Staff, 2014www.OnEarthPeace.org

"Visions and Dreams" Call to Worship

 

One:  The day will come when you will know that God is in your midst.

Many:  Come, Holy Spirit!

One:  God will pour out the Holy Spirit on all flesh.

                Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

                Your old shall dream dreams,

                And your young shall see visions.

Many:  Come, Holy Spirit!

One:  Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.

All:  Come, Holy Spirit!  Give us ears to hear, eyes to see and courage to act!!  Amen.

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