Prayers of the People : Violence

Sean Mortenson / May 21, 2018
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Chorus

Our hearts can’t take anymore
This violence, murder, and war
Let us be Your peace, bring Shalom
Please intervene, oh, Lord


Prayer

Gracious Lord,
We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression,
and we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence.
We pray for Your peace.

When our hearts ache for the victims of violence and oppression,
help us to remember that You healed people simply by touching them,
give us faith in Your ability to comfort and heal bodies, and minds,
and spirits that have been broken by violence.

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When the injustice of this world seems too much for us to handle,
help us to remember that You fed five thousand people
with only five loaves of bread and two fish,
and give us hope that what we have to offer will turn out to be enough, too.

When fear of the power and opinions of others
tempts us not to speak up for the least among us, help us to remember
that You dared to turn over the tables of money changers,
and give us the courage to risk following You no matter the cost.

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When we feel ourselves fill with anger at those who are violent and oppressive,
help us remember that You prayed for those who murdered You,
and give us compassion for our enemies, too.

When we tell ourselves that we have given all we can to bring peace to this world,
help us to remember Your sacrifice,
and give us the miracle of losing a little more of ourselves
in serving You and our neighbors.

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Walk with us, Lord, as we answer Your call to be peacemakers.
Increase our compassion, our generosity, and our hospitality
for all of mankind regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status,
sexual orientation, age, religion, or any classification we divide over.

Give us the courage, the patience, the serenity, the self-honesty and the
gentleness of spirit that are needed in a world filled
with animosities and violence.
Amen.

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