Prayer

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

(See also the CCND Churches Guide)

Prayer Diary (March-April 2017)

The World Council of Churches suggests we should all pray ‘Thy kingdom come’ from Pentecost onwards, we could start a bit earlier.
February.
Let us remember prisoners & those who come to trial; we will have missed those from the Burghfield actions who came to trial the end of January at Reading Crown Court.
Let us pray for all those who attempt Non-violent Direct Action, those who will attempt it in response to the revelations of the practice Trident launch that had to be aborted.
Long term are the Jehovah Witnesses who refuse conscription, as part of their faith, in Eritrea.

March.
Pray for our new campaigns, the Don’t Bank on the Bomb campaign, that people may come forward to start it; for our old/new international campaign, now focused on the Nuclear Ban treaty as well as the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

7 March: Embassy Walk.

17 March: St Patrick’s; let’s celebrate the Irish; started the New Agenda Coalition in the NPT; support the Open Ended Working Group, & now the the Ban Treaty negotiations.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

23 March: Kelvin Gascoyne & Caroline Gilbert go off to New York to attend the First Committee to witness & lobby the delegates from 125 countries committed to negotiating a Nuclear Weapon Ban.

25 March: CND Council, London; NGO meeting, NY, for the Nuclear Weapon Ban, the United Nations.

27-31 March: First Committee to set up the framework for the negotiations to start in earnest in July. Pray in solidarity with us all; pray for our prayers & our morning witness at the Isaiah Steps opposite the UN during the session.
‘Turn their swords into ploughshares’ is carved above these Steps.

9 April: Palm Sunday. Envision a world without Nuclear Weapons; a start towards ‘Thy kingdom come’.


An Interfaith Prayer for Peace

O God, you are the source of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in this time of crisis.
Your power changes hearts Muslims, Christians and Jews remember, and profoundly affirm, That they are followers of the one God, Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters; Enemies begin to speak to one another; those who were estranged join hands in friendship; nations seek the way of peace together.
Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these truths by the way we live. Give to us: Understanding that puts an end to strife; Mercy that quenches hatred, and Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live in your law of love.
Amen.

Prayer of St Francis

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.
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.

Universal Prayer of Peace

Lead us from Death to Life
From Falsehood to Truth
From Fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to love
Lead us from War to Peace
Let Peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
Peace, Peace, Peace.

Prayer for Peace and Forgiveness

We confess that in our lives we do not Always choose the way of peace.
We spread gossip which fans the flame of hatred.
We are ready to make any sacrifices when Caesar demands – but few when God invites.
We worship the false god of security and nationalism
We hold out our hand in friendship – But keep a weapon in the other behind our back We have divided your body of people Into those we trust and those we do not.
Huge problems challenge us in the world – But our greed, fear and selfishness prevent us from uniting to solve them Lord, we pray for your help, Your forgiveness and your Reconciling power in our lives.

Isaiah

Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation – neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
O God of many names Lover of all nations We pray for peace in our hearts in our homes in our nations in our world The peace of your will The peace of our need.

George Appleton, The Oxford Book of Prayer (Oxford University Press, 1985)

O Lord, our hearts are heavy with the sufferings of the ages, with the crusades and the holocausts of a thousand thousand years.
The blood of the victims is still warm, The cries of anguish still fill the night.
To you we uplift our outspread hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land. O Lord, who loves us as a father, who cares for us as a mother, who came to share our life as a brother, we confess before you our failure to live as your children, brothers and sisters bound together in love.
To you we lift our outspread hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land.
We have squandered the gift of life, The good life of some is built on the pain of many; the pleasure of a few on the agony of millions.
To you we lift our outstretched hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land.
We worship death in our quest to possess ever more things; we worship death in our hankering after our own security,our own survival, our own peace, as if life were divisible, as if life were divisible, as if Christ had not died for all of us.
To you we lift our outstretched hands.
We thirst for you in a thirsty land.
O Lord, forgive our life-denying pursuit of life,and teach us anew what it means to be your children.
To you we lift our outstretched hands.
We are thirsty in a thirsty land.

The following prayer authored by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy was used in many places in inter-religious worships around the time of the Gulf War in 1991:

Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You.
Great and wonderful are Your works, wondrous are your ways.
Thank You for the many splendoured variety of Your creation.
Thank You for the many ways we affirm Your presence and purpose, and the freedom to do so.
Forgive our violation of Your creation.
Forgive our violence toward each other.
We stand in awe and gratitude for Your persistent love for each and all of Your children: Christian, Jew, Muslim, as well as those with other faiths.
Grant to all and our leaders attributes of the strong; mutual respect in words and deed, restraint in the exercise of power, and the will for peace with justice, for all.
Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You.
Amen. (Excerpted from Current Dialogue 24/93, p.36)

Celtic Benediction

Deep peace of the Running wave to you,
Deep peace of the Flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the Quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the Shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you.

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