June 24, 2018

Prayer for Peace | Tracy

ALL: May the peace of God enrich our hearts and minds,
LEAD: In the battles of the day and the anxieties of the night.

ALL: May the peace of God enrich our hearts and minds,
LEAD: When people are unreasonable and circumstances challenge us.

ALL: May the peace of God enrich our hearts and minds,
LEAD: When those we love misunderstand and fail to appreciate.

ALL: May the peace of God enrich our hearts and minds,
LEAD: When the pressure’s too great and threatens to overwhelm us.

ALL: May the peace of God enrich our hearts and minds,
LEAD: When mountains and valleys all come at once.

ALL: May the peace of God enrich our hearts and minds,
LEAD: Because of Jesus, and his extraordinary compassion.

ALL: May the peace of God enrich our hearts and minds.


Benediction | Tracy

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that through Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.

May God bless you with remembrance that we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen