Tag: prayers for peace

Holy Land Trust

Organization Highlight: Holy Land Trust

Mission statement

“Holy Land”
The conflict gives rise to a wide range of perspectives and opinions. Whether individuals represent a particular political identity, nation or ideology; be they Muslim, Christian, or Jew, one thing many people agree on is that this is the “Holy Land.”

“Trust”
The verb “to trust” is the foundation of any relationship that seeks to move things forward, especially during challenging times; without trust there is no future. The word trust is also taken from “trustee,” meaning to hold on to something, guard it and care for it.

Combining these two concepts, the name “Holy Land Trust” projects the belief that the Holy Land belongs to no particular group of people, but to the Creator of all. It is sacred to all humanity, and as trustees of this land, we are its caretakers. We carry a responsibility to maintain it, nurture it, and see it prosper. Read more

Advent: Season of Hope

by Mae Elise Cannon, World Vision

Advent is the season of hope. Hope in eager anticipation; waiting to celebrate the incarnation of God manifested in human form through the birth of Jesus. Hope in present circumstances; the small moments of heavenly triumph where the kingdom of God breaks forth into the dark realities of this world. Hope in the future; as we wait for the redemption of the world and the second coming of Christ Jesus. We hope for what is yet to come.

As we enter into this season of hope, we are reminded to celebrate, worship, and rejoice. The Psalmist speaks forth these words: “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad.” All of creation will cry out, singing for joy, recognizing the saving power of Jesus, for he does not leave us abandoned in our earthly circumstances, but He comes. He dwells with us. He judges in righteousness. He redeems. He is the manifestation of hope. Read more

Prayers from DRC

by Craig Swandby, World Vision

The Prayers of the Church

This Anglican prayer was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo[1] (DRC). Our brothers and sisters in the DRC continue to pray in the face of violence, fear, and want. We look to them for wisdom, that we might know how to pray over them and the Middle East.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, and let us thank God for his goodness.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the leaders of the DRC, the Holy Land, and the Middle East rule with justice.
Good Lord, hear us.

May righteousness be a shield and protector.
Good Lord, hear us.

May their countries be at peace; and the people be blessed.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the herds increase; and the fish in the lakes be many.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the fields yield abundantly; may the harvests be great.
Good Lord, hear us.

May all artisans and traders see the benefit of their labours.
Good Lord, hear us.

May we and our enemies turn from strife and seek peace.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the strength of the Lord support all who are sick.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the Lord’s love comfort the bereaved, the oppressed, widows, orphans, and the lonely.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the paths and roads of the world be swept clean of all dangers.
Alleluia. The Lord of mercy is with us. Amen.

Let us continue to pray for ourselves
and for our brothers and sisters…
In a time of quiet, some may pray out loud, one at a time, and others may pray in secret.

Our trust is in you, merciful Lord.
We rely on you alone, O God of love. Amen.

[1] http://www.congochurchassn.org.uk/liturgy.htm

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Prayers for Peace: The Parent’s Circle Families Forum

by Craig Swandby, World Vision

Parents CircleThe Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Through face-to-face reconciliation programs, the Parent’s circle has shown that the reconciliation between individuals and nations is possible, and it is this insight that they are trying to pass on to both sides of the conflict.

The PCFF was established in 1995 by Mr. Yitzhak Frankental and several bereaved Israeli families. In 1998 the first meetings were held with a group of Palestinians families from Gaza who identified with the call to prevent further bereavement through dialogue, tolerance, peace, and reconciliation. The connection with the group in Gaza was cut off as a result of the second Intifada. Read more

Being Children of God

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by Sarah Withrow King, ESA

Lord Jesus,

We are mothers and fathers;
we are sisters and brothers;
we are a family connected by your love.

God, we acknowledge that we are all your children. Each of us created in your holy image. Each of us created to love you and to love one another.

God, we praise you as the creator and caretaker of all children. You see all of your children. You love all of your children. You want every child to flourish in communities of care and concern. We praise you, Holy One. Read more

Prayers for Impact: Holy Land

Organization Highlight: Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) – Impact: Holy Land Conference

ESA is convening a conversation—Impact: Holy Land—in Philadelphia, Penn., on December 4-6, 2013, to hear from Jesus followers around the world on what we can do to foster peace with justice in the Holy Land. Many are seeking to have a positive “impact” on the area—for all the populations living there.

At Impact: Holy Land, we will gather to listen well to the diverse stories and perspectives of Palestinian Christians, Christian Zionists, Messianic Jews, and other followers of Jesus. All of these perspectives reflect serious engagement with scriptural texts and political realities in lands that carry deep meaning for our faith. The event will culminate at the altar, where we will share in the body and blood of Christ together in Holy Communion. Read more

The Prayer of St. Francis of Asissi

Our Vision

Violence and chaos in the Middle East have left many around the world hopeless and feeling helpless. As followers of Jesus, we refuse to be sidetracked by the temptation to despair.

Prayers for Peace (P4P) provides a way for Christians of diverse political and theological backgrounds to stand up for peace and unite in supplication to God with a special focus on prayers for the Holy Land. Prayers for Peace provides Jesus’ followers with the common language of prayer around which to mobilize their energy and passion for the land that gave birth to our faith. To combat the prevailing images of discord, Prayers for Peace will highlight peace-building organizations that we may pray for them as they live out the reconciliation offered in the Prophets and Jesus’ message of shalom.

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.

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