Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Space for Peace

The second of our Advent spaces, available to all who use the church building, is a space for Peace. We hope folk will pause and if they wish, leave a prayer and take a blessing. 

In these days, we might feel overwhelmed and distracted by our attempts to prepare for Christmas and all that is involved in this season. We are pressured by all that needs to be done, sometimes anxious about the cost of it all, worried, trying to think what we have missed and who needs our attention and care.

On this day, let us commit ourselves to pause and rest for a time, to be aware of what we are doing to ourselves, to enter into a time of peaceful reflection on the coming of the Prince of Peace.

In the settle and stir of a burnt–orange sunrise,
in the lilting laughter around a table,
in the flash of clarity that sparks insight
and leads towards  wisdom,
we find the peace that passes all understanding.

But, we are aware of those for whom, day by day there is no peace. 
We cry out for repentance of people and powers that peace may come to all.
If we pray, let us pray for peace in these days,
personal peace, and peace for the world.

Jesus says  ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid’. John 14:27

Adapted from In this hour: Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001 and Christian Aid liturgy ‘Light the Way’.

A Blessing
In this time of waiting,
may God deepen our desire for peace.
May we seek, strive and search 
for peace for all peoples

Go in peace,
the peace which passes all understanding.
And may the God who is your loving parent
stand between you and all harm.
God in Jesus, the loving one,
look upon you with grace 
and the Spirit visit you
with healing and peace

Adapted from Liturgy for the Journey of Life, Dorothy McRae-McMahon

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