Peace Sunday 2017
How does your congregation celebrate Peace Sunday in your worship service? Click here for Peace Sunday 2017 resources. And after you celebrate, share with us!
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Prayers of gratitude and intercession
August 2017: “Please pray for us and all the victims,” writes a leader of the Brethren in Christ church in Nepal). Torrential rain caused flooding and triggered landslides in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. BIC church members in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa and Dhanusa districts are badly affected. The BIC children’s hostel compound and ground floor of the BIC Church office building (which also provides housing) in Biratnagar were flooded and the church compound’s walls collapsed. In the aftermath, electrical power was limited and many BIC members sheltered in camps and schools waiting for relief supplies. In India, floods destroyed villages, crops and roads; a leader from the Brethren in Christ Church in Bihar, India, reports that people have taken refuge at the Banmankhi church campus. Read more.
August 2017: America is a dangerous place for activists who defend human rights or natural resources, reports agencies like Oxfam and the UN. Churches are affected when community members who lack safe access to farmland migrate away from their homes. In Colombia, Christian Peacemaker Teams and Justapaz (a Mennonite church organization) support small farming and mining communities where rural residents are affected by armed conflict and resource exploitation. Pray for protection for these people who risk their own safety for the good of wider society. Read more.
August 2017: Praise the Lord for churches who live out an example of peace, breaking the cycles of violence with their witness to the ways of Christ’s peace. May our churches have the awareness to counter injustice against those who are marginalized. Pray that the church would continue to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to grow in its capacity to demonstrate interdependence and love as alternatives to violence. – From Peace Sunday 2017 Worship Resources, click here to see more.