Prayer for Peace

 

November


International Leadership Team

"Honor Diversity because it is a way that God has made us unique."
Ruthmarie Brooks Silver

A LITANY FOR THE REPAIR OF THE WORLD

In Jewish tradition, tikkun olam ("repair of the world") is a conviction that our obedience to God's commandments will advance God's own action in perfecting all of creation. The concept of tikkun olam aligns with Jesus's teaching on the Great Commandment in the Gospels. As Christians live out their obedience to "love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength" and to "love the neighbor as self," we too usher in the reign of God and help repair the world.

ONE:
MANY:

Healing God, prompt our eagerness to do good in the world.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.

ONE:

MANY:
Hear our hopes for a world in which people of every color embrace one another as brothers and sisters.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 
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MANY:
Make our hearts tender to the "other," so that we see every stranger as a potential friend.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 
ONE:
MANY:
Relieve our fears of war and terrorism and stir in us a prayer for our "enemies."
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 

ONE:


MANY:

Expose the lies that pit neighbor against neighbor, Republican against Democrat, Christian against Muslim or Jew, us against them. Bring your truth to light so that we might live peaceably with one another.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.
 

ONE:

MANY:

Renew our sense of Sabbath, where one day of honoring You brings all other days of the week into alignment with Your sacred purpose for life.
May God's peace and justice flow through me.

 

ALL:

Lord God, hear our prayer for the repair of the world. Bring healing to all people of every tribe and nation so that we might live in peace and unity, Your good and perfect reign.


Rev. Dr. Tammy Wiens
Associate for Christian Formation - National Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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