MC USA is encouraging congregations to pray this prayer, written by Amy Yoder McGloughlin, on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, as way to join with congregations across the broader church in highlighting Jesus’ peaceful resistance to empire/colonialism.
You created us to love and to be loved.
You created us in your image and likeness,
desiring humanity’s connection and relationship to one other and your creation.
And yet, since the beginning, we’ve struggled to be at peace with each other.
We have struggled to love ourselves
and to love each other in the way you have deeply desired for us.
Give us courage to love ourselves and our families
with difficult conversations,
with compassionate listening
and with healthy boundaries.
you showed us the way of peace
in your words and teachings,
and in your life, death and resurrection.
And yet, like your disciples,
our vision for your shalom is too narrow.
We have, at times, limited your vision of peace
to that of our own inner peace and security.
We have forgotten that peace means wholeness
for all people and creation.
Give us courage to work in solidarity with the poor
for a world where all have access to what they need;
to create lasting shalom by loving and stewarding the earth you have created;
to aid those who are fleeing terrible circumstances of violence;
and to confront the powers that create
unjust policies in our churches,
in our community policing practices,
in our education systems,
and in our government structures.
Spirit of Life,
you inspire and compel us towards creative peacemaking.
Move us beyond our confessions, into creativity.
Move us beyond our guilt, into inspiration.
Move us beyond our shame into a fuller vision of shalom for your world.
Move us into being
creators of peace in our communities,
co-conspirators of wholeness in our churches,
accompaniers of peacemaking efforts on the borders,
and in places of international conflict.
Additional prayer resources:
Song: “If the War Goes On,” found in the Voices Together Hymnal #794
Prayers for peace in response to war from Together in Worship, an Anabaptist worship resource collection
“Peace, like war is waged,” a litany for worship by Walker Knight
A Veteran’s Day Confession for America. This prayer was delivered by Army Chaplain Chris Antal at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Antal submitted his letter of resignation in June of 2016 and was discharged from the military.