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Lay Down the Sword: A Prayer





Father of Creation,

God of Peace,

We praise you for your son Jesus,

The Lamb upon the Throne.

We praise you that your son Jesus said,

'Blessed are the peacemakers’

and called us to love our enemies.

We thank you that your son rules and reigns

through self-giving sacrificial love.

We thank you that Jesus took up the violent symbol of empire and,

in his death,

transformed it into a symbol of hope restored

and sins forgiven.

We thank you that your son, in his dying breath, said,

'Father forgive them, for they know not what they do'.

We praise you that, in his death,

his bloody execution, he dragged the forces of sin,

death, empire and violence into the grave,

offering us an alternative kingdom.

We thank you that your son’s glorious resurrection

demonstrated that death

will not have the last word and love itself wins.

He reigns victorious, forever glorious.

He is the lamb.

Father of Creation,

God of Peace,

We stand on the brink of climate breakdown,

which will lead to an increase in conflict and war.

Humanity will reap what it sows.

Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Lord have Mercy.

As Temperatures rise,

Tensions arise.

As food shortage and malnutrition increases,

Conflicts follow.

As refugees flee flooded lands,

Wars will follow.

Tribal Conflicts,

Local Conflicts,

Regional Pressures,

Battles for resources.

Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy.

And so in the coming months, and through whatever follows,

we commit ourselves afresh to

Kingdom Peacemaking.

In our homes,

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

In our churches,

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

In our cities,

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

For our nation's leadership,

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

For global leaders,

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

Father of Creation,

God of Peace,

Grant us the courage to speak out against increased militarism.

Grant us the courage to speak out against the arms trade.

Grant us the courage to speak out against increased nuclear capability.

Grant us the courage, in a world of increasing violence,

to stand fast to the peaceable kingdom

and the peaceable King.

Grant us the courage to seek the path of peace

until that day when all weapons of war are turned into

ploughshares,

and

War will be no more.

We lay down the sword.

We take up our cross.

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Those who live by the Spirit will walk in the Spirit.

Blessed are the peacemakers.


To him who sits upon the throne,

And to the lamb,

Be praise, honour and glory.

Amen.







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