Prayers for Peace by Judy Brutz
Lord, the world's turmoil and violence with the great threats of escalation are overwhelming. How may the Civil Rights Movement bring us light and hope? Night is here, only you may fill our hearts with peace and love. Only you may heal and comfort. And only your Spirit can inspire reconciliation, nonviolence and universal community building. Don't abandon us. Stay close; hold us in your love. Amen
Our hearts cry out, let there be peace. Dear Lord, save us from war. Night is here, we can only turn to you. Hold us in your love. Fill us with your peace. Call forth the nations to peace, reconciliation and global community, we ask. We bless you and thank you for the gift of life. Amen
All the earth cries out, Beloved One, may your peace and reconciliation quiet the madness of this world. Night is with us, enfold us in your love, and forgive our crimes against your creation. Fill us with your peace and gentleness, hope and joy. Thank you for your blessings and in not giving up on us. Amen
Beloved Reconciler, you call us to love our enemies and to forgive. Night has fallen, please hold us close, strengthen us with your love that we may walk in love and peace regardless of what faces us. Radiate your love to the whole world. Move the leaders to lay down their warfare. We ask in your name. Amen
The Sabbath draws to a close, Holy One. Thank you for the blessings of worship, fellowship and your bountiful creation. We are renewed in hope and strengthened in following you. Night surrounds us, comfort, heal and hold us in your love. Still the warcries and bring enemies to making peace. Amen
Beloved One, hold me close this night,
Comfort, heal, and fill me with your peace.
Weave your love into a blanket
that I may wrap myself in.
Forgive my trespasses as I also forgive.
When morning dawns,
guide me and protect me from all harm.
Your kingdom is the welcoming community you create for all people.
Your power strengthens me to live according to your will.
All glory belongs to you.
Thank you for loving and giving me hope for a new day.
A Song of True Motherhood
Julian of Norwich
God chose to be our mother in all things *
and so made the foundation of his work,
most humbly and most pure, in the Virgin's womb.
God, the perfect wisdom of all,*
arrayed himself in this humble place.
Christ came in our poor flesh*
to share a mother's care.
Our mothers bear us for pain and death;*
our true mother, Jesus, bears us for joy and endless life.
Christ carried us within him in love and travail,*
until the full time of his passion.
And when all was completed and he had carried us forth for joy*
still all this could not satisfy the power of his wonderful joy.
All that we owe is redeemed in truly loving God,*
for the love of Christ works in us;
Christ is the one whom we love.
(Psalm for Praying)
by Nan C. Merrill
O, my Beloved, you are my shepherd, I shall not want;
you bring me to green pastures for rest
and lead me besides still waters
renewing my spirit,
you restore my soul.
You lead me in the path of goodness
to follow Love's way.
Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I am not afraid;
for you are ever with me,
your rod and staff they guide me;
they give me strength and comfort.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my fears;
you bless me with oil,
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy
will follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the heart of the Beloved
"Easter says that you can put Truth in a Grave,
It won't stay buried long."
Clarence W. Hail via Reedwood Friends Church
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