Blessings on everyone this Memorial Day Weekend. Our prayers go with all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for peace, be they soldiers on the battlefield or peacemakers who have lifted their voice against the forces of oppression. We remember innocent lives lost in war and pray for an end to violence. For all these, We pray that our efforts for peace may bear fruit towards a prosperous world where war will be no more.
In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts, let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing:
You who created us,
who sustain us,
who call us to live in peace,
hear our prayer this day.
Hear our prayer for those who put the welfare of others
ahead of their own
and give us hearts as generous as theirs…
Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives
in the service of others,
and accept the gift of their sacrifice…
Help us to shape and make a world
where we will lay down the arms of war
and turn our swords into ploughshares
for a harvest of justice and peace…
Comfort those who grieve the loss of their loved ones
and let your healing be the hope in our hearts…
Hear our prayer this day
and in your mercy answer us
in the name of all that is holy.
A Concord Pastor