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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Modesto Church of the Brethren Invites Prayers for Peace at Prayer Stations

Modesto Church of the Brethren invites all to an Hour of Praying for Peace in the World on Sunday, September 21, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Gathering Place will be filled with prayer stations that invite different ways of praying for peace in places of conflict, war, poverty, and other violence. This will be self guided time, with prompts for specific prayers.

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Andover Newton Theological School Begins Annual Peace Day Event

Andover Newton Theological School’s Student Government and CIRCLE (Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education), will gather on the quad of ANTS by the Peace Pole or in the Peace Garden. Students, faculty and community members can bring scripture, poems, prose, and songs to pray for peace in our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world. Snacks and refreshments provided. The hope is that this will be the beginning of an annual event.

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Ferguson and beyond: On Earth Peace invites prayer and action for justice

On Earth Peace issues an invitation to prayer and action for Ferguson, Mo and beyond following the death of unarmed African American youth Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson.

"As followers of Christ, we seek to live out Jesus’ teachings in potent and Spirit-led ways. We believe that Jesus himself points us toward justice, peace, reconciliation, active nonviolence, and liberation, and we trust that the Holy Spirit accompanies and empowers us to live as Jesus lived. Jesus’ presence continues to help us break down walls that divide—if we can accept His help to do so. May we build the Beloved Community wherever we find ourselves, so that the dignity and well being of all God’s children is cherished and celebrated. Please pray constantly with us for God’s reign on earth as it is in heaven."

You can read the full invitation and call to action here: Ferguson and Beyond 

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Living Well of Bethel Offers Online Litany for Peace

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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. On September 21, 2014 they are producing and posting a multimedia Litany for Peace for Peace Day. Bellow is the litany of peace written by Rev. Libby Feagans-King which you can include in your worship as well. 

Litany of Peace

Let me celebrate this day with affirmation.  God’s love created us with holy purpose and image.  I was intended to be.

God created me, just as I am.

Let me celebrate this day with holy covenant.  God’s passion created us to be in relationship.  God created us differently abled, differently gendered, differently oriented and of different races.  God created us in this way, who are we to critique God’s work.

God designed us to be accepting and in relationship with God and with one another.

God desires us to live in peace and love for one another.  There is no greater purpose than to live with shalom in our world.  I embrace my family and my friends and welcome them with shalom.  I reflect God when I greet my brothers, my sisters, and even my enemies with the open arms of shalom.

God calls us to create peace within our homes, our work places and our world.

I am the creation and the creation is me.  I cannot live without air to breathe, water to drink or the motions of the earth to keep my feet on solid ground.  I should care for the earth as I care for myself.

God calls us to care for the earth, for it is the earth that supplies our needs.

God gave us hands to help, smiles to share and hearts to love one another.  The absence of love is evil.  God moves and creates with love.

God calls us to love one another.  We come together in love, for where love is, evil cannot exist.

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Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren Peace Pole Dedication

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Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren, located outside of Baltimore Maryland, invites all to an International Day of Prayer for Peace and Peace Pole Dedication on Saturday, September 20. The community is invited to bring a prayer for peace to offer and a can of soup to contribute to the Stone Soup.

On Earth Peace, the Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County and the Mennonite Central Committee will offer peacemaking workshops. The day will wrap up with a Stone Soup lunch. 

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A Prayer for Bold Peace by Shelley West

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Photograph by Elizabeth Ullery

This prayer for peace is written by Shelley West. Shelley spent the summer of 2014 as a part of the Church of the Brethren Youth Peace Travel Team teaching young and old alike how to be a bold peacemakers. You can find out more about the Peace Travel Team from On Earth Peace

Peace be still and know that I am God.

I have known that You are God, but not through a peace of stillness.

Sometimes peace is loud. Often peace is messy.

But that’s what makes it beautiful.

The conflict in our lives will remain forever still if we leave it in the corner unbothered.

We can pretend to turn a blind eye, to march onward.

Peace be still.

Or, we can choose the challenge. The rewarding challenge.

To know that You are God is to know that You are with us in the storm.

Stirring the waters seems frightening. The thunder roars and the rivers are swift.

But we’ve got peace like a river, especially when the ripples spread and oscillate

And we can look at one another and know that we have survived.

We have thrived in the peace that comes from confronting conflict and working through it.

Pray that we might continue with such a boldness

To be able identify areas in our lives where we can be the ground-shakers,

The confidence in Your plan and us as Your instruments to blow away the dust,

And the reassurance that the peacemakers will be called Your children.

We will be called Your children.

And then, we can be still and know that You are God.

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The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County Offers Prayers for Peace

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The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County, in Hagerstown, MD, invites all to the fifth annual local observance of Day of Prayer for Peace on September 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm. A representative from each faith tradition in attendance will offer the name of a person who has played a significant role as a peacemaker in their community of faith. The group will then walk to the nearby lake at Rest Haven Cemetery, and peace lanterns will be launched in honor of each peacemaker. The peace lanterns floating on the lake after dusk will be a witness to the enduring work of peace in our community and the world.

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Visions & Dreams of a Living Peace Church Handout

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The Living Peace Church (LPC) call is for every church “to live and teach as Jesus lived and taught,” and bears fruit of the “Visions & Dreams of Building Peace” from many generations. Is your congregation interested in joining the Living Peace Church  pilot program? Use this handout to begin the conversation around how becoming a Living Peace Church would look like for your ministry. What visions and dreams of peace does your congregation have? More information is available by emailing Bill Scheurer at bill@onearthpeace.org.

Click here to download a PDF of the handout

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Peace Day Choir

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Image source: One Day One Choir | Peace One Day

"My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beans on clover leaf and pine; But other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine. O hear my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine"

This is My Song, Lloyd Stone

The words of this familiar song rise up in harmony in congregations across the country. How might your congregation or community share a vision of peace in song this September 21 as part of Peace Day? Join in a Choir for Peace! “Whether you want to create an event - short or long, formal or flash mob - or dedicate something you are already singing in - a concert, a celebration or a church service - use your voice in harmony with others to sing out and spread the message of peace.” Peace One Day, an international organization mobilizing for peace, invites you to join in One Day One Choir

Using peace songs as a part of worship is another great way to lift our visions and dream of peace.

This is My Song                                       The New Century Hymnal #591
For The Healing of The Nations               Hymnal: A Worship Book #367
O For a World                                          Chalice Hymnal #683
Peace Pilgrim’s Prayer                            by Shawn Kirchner
St. Teresa’s Prayer                                   by Joseph Helfrich