A litany for peace

Suggested for United Nations Sunday, Oct. 27

October 19, 2013

Leader: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 NIV)

People: We are all God’s people – thankful, connected and interrelated. We are interdependent of one another through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves to bring people together and strive for peace through unity.

Leader: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9 NIV)

People: We will sow seeds of peace to supplant a world of much division, violence and hatred. We will strive to be peace builders – in our families, schools, and communities – locally and globally.

Leader: We pray that the many religions and cultures of the world find common ground in the “Golden Rule.” May every person seek peace and pursue justice.

People: We hope that as we bring together peoples of diverse faiths and beliefs, in dialogue and community building, the barriers that divide us will transform us from strangers into friends.

Leader: With God as our guide, we advocate for justice and peace in places where we see exploitation, oppression and every form of injustice. Through study and active involvement we can be part of the process for social change.

People: We can build bridges that unite us in leading the world away from wars and violence into a world of peace and justice.

Leader: Our God is the awesome God of the entire cosmos. We pray that God brings peace to places of turmoil, terror and conflict, especially in the Middle East, in Israel and Palestine, in North Africa, the Republic of Haiti, and in the Korean Peninsula, and in all places where God’s people are searching for righteousness and struggling for justice.

People: God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We will strive to bring healing and wholeness to lives and communities shattered by violence, terror and injustice.

Leader: As we celebrate United Nations Day, and remember its founding 68 years ago, we also recognize the arduous paths that have been taken to strive for peace, equality and human rights for all, including the elimination of racism, sexism and discrimination and the eradication of hunger and poverty.

People: We celebrate the United Nations emphasis on education for peace, stressing its importance in fostering global citizenship and building peaceful societies.

Leader: Education is the foundation of peace. May we strive to make education available to all peoples of the earth especially our youths whom we will encourage, mentor and empower so that they realize and attain their full potential in life.

People: May we always be reminded of John Wesley’s advice: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

Leader: Now may the Lord of Peace give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV)

People: And may peace be also with you.

Editor's note: This litany for peace was prepared for use in United Methodist churches in celebrating United Nations Sunday Oct. 27. The litany was prepared at the request of the United Nations & International Affairs office of the General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church.

The litany was prepared by Detroit Renaissance District Peace Center, in Southfield, Mich., through Louis Samuel, Guiding Committee chairperson; Barbara Talley, executive director; and Patricia Ann Talley and William Tucker, Latin American coordinators in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.

The Detroit Renaissance District Peace Center envisions a global community and pluralistic society where people co-exist, interact peacefully and work together for the advancement of humankind and its environment demonstrated by God’s love for all.