Week of Prayer for World Peace

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that we may seek truth boldly and love deep within our heart.

May God bless us with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations
So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless us with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with just enough foolishness
To believe that we can make a difference in the world,
So that we can do what others claim cannot be done:
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and all our neighbours who are poor.

Source:
http://www.thegreatpeacemakers.com/st-francis-of-assisi.html

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Palm Sunday resources – by Rosalie Sugrue

Call to worship:

The festival of Palm Sunday is a Christian custom,
a custom that extends back almost to the year dot.
Each succeeding year the faithful give voice to hope,
not just in devout song, but in cheers of acclamation.
Waving greenery wafts whispers of liberation,

– whispers that rise to crescendos of joy,

On reflection the commemoration is peculiar …
Because we know what that first crowd didn’t know,
We know how the journey ended …
So why add our hosannas to theirs?

Is it because a divine spark resides in all humans
A spark that calls us to rejoice in the journey
A spark that says no matter how it ends
Life is more about the journey than the destination.

What can be celebrated should be celebrated, for
Hope springs eternal and death does not defeat Joy.

 

Benediction/Commission:

We go from this service
mindful of calendar-changing
events of 2,000 years ago.
We go into a world of problems,
Problems so vast we feel helpless;
Yet as individuals we make choices –

small choices;
But even small choices
make a small difference;
Collectively the difference could be great.

Help us make the right choices,
So we may live as you
would have us live.

 

See also – Palm Sunday – Customs and Traditions (compiled by RMS)