Today is the International Day of Prayer for Peace. This special day began during the ecumenical Decade to Overcome Violence. The idea was born in a meeting between the WCC general secretary and the UN secretary general in 2004. Each year on September 21st the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. September 21st is also the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Peace. Inspired by the challenges of the Pandemic, inequity among human beings, and the growing climate crisis, this year’s theme is “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.” The International Day of Prayer for Peace offers an opportunity for church communities in all places to pray and act together to nurture lasting peace in the hearts of people, their families, communities and societies.
I offer to you today the prayer for peace from Hymn #740 Make me a channel of your peace: Make me a channel of your peace: where there is hatred, let me bring your love, where there is injury, your healing power, where there is doubt, true faith in you,
Make me a channel of your peace: where there’s despair in life let me bring hope, where there is darkness, only light, where there is sadness, ever joy.
O Spirit, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace: it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving to all that we receive, and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
Grace and peace, Rev. Sarina