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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The Answer to Prayer! Union Center Church of the Brethren Prays for Peace

Frank Ramirez, Lead Pastor at Union Center Church of the Brethren shares this reflection on their prayers for peace. 

We had our first annual observance of the International Day of Prayer for Peace at the Union Center Church of the Brethren, Nappanee, Indiana, on Sunday afternoon, at 2:00 PM, September 21. I had organized a community observance in Everett, Pennsylvania every year the previous decade, but now that we are back home in Indiana it was fun to start a new tradition. In the past I’ve always had an outdoor ceremony, and have always had good luck with the weather.

As the morning worship service ended I noticed it looked a little grey outside. By 1:40, as I set a couple of chairs outdoors near our church sign, a strong misting was turning into a light rain. The grey clouds were solid from horizon to horizon. I looked to the heavens and said, “Seriously?” Within a few minutes the clouds started to part. A broad blue sky was revealed, wreathed by only a few fluffy white clouds at the margins. 40 people showed up to pray for peace, including folks from four different Brethren congregations, a couple of Mennonite pastors, and not counting the dog who took part as well. As the benediction was pronounced the wind shifted, the skies turned grey almost immediately, and as we all visited afterwards the rain began to fall!

The rain is a blessing to our farmers so all we can do is thank God for giving us a short respite to pray for peace and to celebrate God’s presence in our midst. No photos, alas! You’ll just have to take our word! :-)

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York Center Church of the Brethren Offers Prayers for Peace

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The York Center Church of the Brethren congregation was invited during worship to write their prayers for peace on a paper dove. The doves were collected and read the prayers read aloud. Together the doves created a mobile in the narthex.  Gathered around the peace pole later in the day the names of the kidnapped Nigerians girls were read aloud and prays for a swift and peaceful resolution were offered.

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Living Well of Bethel, a ministry of Bethel United Church of Christ in Cahokia, Illinois, is an online community where you will find a weekly worship experience and a daily prayer among other things. They offer this multimedia prayer for peace as we join with communities of faith around the world in standing for peace. You can find the litany of peace, written by Rev. Libby Feagans-King, for use in your worship here. 

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Pastoral Prayer for Peace

Christy Waltersdorff, pastor at York Center Church of the Brethren in Lombard, Illinois, shares this pastoral prayer for peace.

Holy God, when we can’t think of any solution other than war, make us smarter.
When we begin to see others as expendable, remind us that they are also made in your divine image.
When we say we can’t take care of everyone who needs help, make us more generous.
When we are satisfied with the divisions between races and genders and economic classes in our country, make us dis-satisfied until all are treated equally.
When we see weapons as our only choice, enlarge our imagination.
When we refuse to see the need in your world, open our eyes.
When we listen only to those who agree with us, open our ears.
When we find comfort in ignorance, fill us with an insatiable desire to learn your Truth. 
When we grow comfortable with the way things are, agitate us until things are the way you want them to be. 
When we think violence is inevitable and peace unrealistic, surprise us.
Prince of Peace, Forgive us. Amen.

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Share Your Peace Day Photos

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On International Day of Prayer for Peace, Sunday, September 21, 2014, more than 100 congregations connected with On Earth Peace (OEP) will pray, dance, sing, paint and walk for peace. Inspired by the Book of Acts, together we ask God for “Visions and Dreams of Building Peace.”

We are eager to hear and see how your events and worship experiences go, so we can help tell the story of all the powerful praying that happens this weekend.

Please be sure to document your event with photographs. You can upload them to our Peace Day 2014 Flickr group or email them to PeaceDayPray@OnEarthPeace.org

It would also be very helpful if you would take a few minutes after your Peace Day event to complete a short impact survey. By responding to this Peace Day event survey, you are helping us understand the impact of all the OEP Peace Day prayer events around the world!

Together, our prayers will help make new things possible.

Thank you for your leadership as a peacemaker in our world.

Blessings and Prayers for peace,
Matt Guynn & Elizabeth Ullery

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La Verne Church of the Brethren Congregation to Host Interfaith Walk for Middle East Peace

La Verne Church of the Brethren, in La Verne California, will gather in worship on Sunday, September 21 for Peace Day with the theme of Visions and Dreams of Building Peace. In the afternoon La Verne CoB will be the final stop for the 6th Annual Interfaith Peace Walk and Rally for Peace. This event is sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Working Group for Middle East Peace. This year the walk will start with an opening program at Temple Beth Israel, continue on to City of Knowledge Islamic School, and end at La Verne Church of the Brethren. After a final program, there will be a communal meal for walk participants. 

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8th Annual Unity in the Community Peace Day Prayers at Manassas Church of the Brethren

International Day of Prayer for Peace, to be held on Saturday, September 20, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Manassas Church of the Brethren. The theme of Unity in the Community’s 8th annual event is “Sharing Water, Sharing Air, Sharing Our World in Peace,” and this year’s celebration involves 17 local faith communities and seven community groups.

The celebration is open to the public, and all attendees are invited to bring three things: 1) two ounces or less of sacred water from your tap, rain barrel, favorite stream or ocean to share in the water ceremony; 2) a dish to share in the World Café meal and dialogue that follows the service; and 3) donations of canned or dried goods for SERVE/NVFS and ACTS. There will be displays by participating groups in the fellowship hall.

Unity in the Community began in 1995 with the mission to cultivate an appreciation of the cultural heritages present in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, Virginia; to promote cross-cultural understanding; to instruct all citizens in anti-bias skills, cultural diversity and basic human rights; to educate the public about the laws and consequences of hate crimes and other hate activities; to involve our communities more actively in preventing, stopping, and responding to these crimes and activities, and to engage all citizens in the active realization of these goals.

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2014 Peace Day Update from Psalms and Peace Ambassadors (PAPA), Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
Who We Are Psalms and Peace Ambassadors (PAPA) is an international Peacebuilding organization working on strengthening, advocating and maintaining peace in the minds and hearts of young people as well as elders and leaders in our society, using a multidimensional approaches to promote harmony, reconciliation and restoration of peace between nations, states, individuals both local and globally.

“Peace Day” is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. In 2011, PAPA held the first major International Day of Peace celebration in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria with major events including the intercessory prayers to all nations of the world. Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace. Events range in scale from private gatherings to public concerts and forums where hundreds of thousands of people participate.
Anyone anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. You can also share thoughts, messages and pictures to commemorate Peace Day on social media. When millions of people in all parts of the world come together for one day of peace, the impact is immense and does make a difference. Follow @PAPAmbassadors on Twitter and “like” the Psalms and peace ambassadors on Facebook for updates, ideas and links to Peace Day events and activities.Vision To bring a greater unity, peace and understanding among the youth of various groups in different sphere of life.Mission To create awareness in matters concerning peace, love, truth, unity, conflict and its resolution. What We Do Psalms and Peace Ambassadors (PAPA) work locally and globally to promote Peacebuilding, Education and to collaborate with other organizations in initiatives that help further our Culture of Peace.

2014 Peace Day Update from Psalms and Peace Ambassadors (PAPA), Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Who We Are
Psalms and Peace Ambassadors (PAPA) is an international Peacebuilding organization working on strengthening, advocating and maintaining peace in the minds and hearts of young people as well as elders and leaders in our society, using a multidimensional approaches to promote harmony, reconciliation and restoration of peace between nations, states, individuals both local and globally.

“Peace Day” is an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. In 2011, PAPA held the first major International Day of Peace celebration in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria with major events including the intercessory prayers to all nations of the world. Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace. Events range in scale from private gatherings to public concerts and forums where hundreds of thousands of people participate.

Anyone anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. You can also share thoughts, messages and pictures to commemorate Peace Day on social media. When millions of people in all parts of the world come together for one day of peace, the impact is immense and does make a difference.
Follow @PAPAmbassadors on Twitter and “like” the Psalms and peace ambassadors on Facebook for updates, ideas and links to Peace Day events and activities.

Vision
To bring a greater unity, peace and understanding among the youth of various groups in different sphere of life.

Mission
To create awareness in matters concerning peace, love, truth, unity, conflict and its resolution.

What We Do
Psalms and Peace Ambassadors (PAPA) work locally and globally to promote Peacebuilding, Education and to collaborate with other organizations in initiatives that help further our Culture of Peace.