Date: Sunday 24 September 2017

Time: 2:30 pm

Place: SCPC

chant-for-peaceMeditative chanting and prayers for peace based on “Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace” by John Philip Newell.

As a community of faith, we will sing, pray, and listen for God. Music and accompaniment will be provided by a harpist assisted by other instruments and cantors.  The prayers and chants have elements of Christian, Hebrew, and Muslim traditions. While these three religions may pray in different ways with different texts, in the end they are all reaching for same thing.

Chanting for Peace is part of Sabbath at Home – a special edition of Sabbath Away – and will also include small group discussions, and a community meal, ending around 6:00 PM. You are encouraged to stay for the entire time together.

Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You.
Great and wonderful are Your works, wondrous are your ways.
Thank You for the many splendoured variety of Your creation.
Thank You for the many ways we affirm Your presence and purpose,
and the freedom to do so.
Forgive our violation of Your creation.  Forgive our violence toward each other.
We stand in awe and gratitude for Your persistent love
for each and all of Your children:
Christian, Jew, Muslim,
as well as those with other faiths.
Grant to all and our leaders attributes of the strong;
mutual respect in words and deed,
restraint in the exercise of power, and
the will for peace with justice, for all.
Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You. Amen.

(Prayer for Peace by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy from The World Council of Churches)

This is a time to pray for peace.