The United Nations designated Saturday, October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence, as the International Day of Non-Violence. Community of Christ offered a Taizé Worship Service in observance of non-violence. In Taizé worship there are songs, chanted prayers, meditation and periods of silence. In recognition and observance of our mutual desire for a world of non-violence, today we offer elements of a Taizé worship. May the peace offered in this devotion’s time and space speak to you, inspire you and fill you with the desire for peace for all the earth and for all people.
Experience the worshipful words of asking God to hear our prayers. The music is simple, repetitive and beseeching,
“O Lord, Hear our prayer”.
Prayer of Peace: Dear God of All People and All Creation. We come meek and humble, acknowledging the pain and suffering of your world and your children. Our hands do not always reach out in peace. Forgive us. Our hearts are not always filled with compassion. Forgive us. Help us to transform our energy, thoughts and actions to reflect your love and the peace of your son, Jesus. May all people feel their worth because we treat all people as worthy. Help us to heal the scars on this earth by recognizing the damage we inflict and taking steps to renew, regrow and revive its beauty and richness. May we embrace the vision You have for us and this world. Amen
The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMaCK9JFAZc What is the Kingdom of God to you?
In the words of Ravi Sathavivam, seek the peace of the world.
When you look for peace
then the peace lies within you
When you search for peace
then it is not hard to find
When you want to keep peace alive
then you allow white doves to fly over you
When you make peace with others
then the whole world lives in your heart
When you let peace be in the world
then you live in wonderful world
Dear God, Look upon us and bless us. May we be all that you have to offer us. Amen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYLKrFOLS-E&list=RDj4YgfHcyLlE&index=2
Bonnie Barber is the Pastor for the Washington, DC, Community of Christ and the Team Leader for the Chesapeake Bay Mission Center Mission/Social Justice Team.
Sunday Devotion - Social Justice
Various authors throughout the Chesapeake Bay Mission Center and beyond provide these thought-provoking weekly devotions.