Prayers of the people
We pray particularly today for the Middle East.
As the centre and source of the Abrahamic faiths Judaism Christianity & Islam,
we bring our concerns, the grief and burdens of this fought over part of the world,
where tyrants rule and seek to dominate , and peace seems fleeting….
we bring our prayer to the God of Peace and Justice, as servants & slaves of the spirit of peace.
Here are some blessings and prayers in the languages of the region.
In Arabic “Assalamu alaikum” meaning “Peace be with you.”
With The response “Wa alaikum assalaam” And upon you be peace.
Oseh shalom bimromav,
hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,
v’al kol Yisrael, v’al kol yoshvei teiveil,
May the One who makes peace in the high heavens
make peace for us, for all Israel and all who inhabit the earth.
صلح (solh) Farsi * not correct apparently
God of All, Source and Shelter,
Protector and Redeemer,
Watch over the people of the Middle East
Muslims, Christians, and Jews remember, and profoundly affirm,
that we are followers of the one God,
Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters;
enemies begin to speak to one another;
those who were estranged join hands in friendship;
nations seek the way of peace together. Alden Solovy © 2011
In the words of Rumi the Islamic Sufi poet
There is a long table of companionship
set and waiting for us to sit down.
What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song. Rumi
Give to us: Understanding that puts an end to strife;
Mercy that quenches hatred, and
Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live in your law of love
O God, source of life and peace.
Your power changes hearts.Source: Pax Christi
May calm and seeking for the Higher Good, begin.
Let the connection, the divine spark within
and between each person and group, be felt.
May each nation look at its shadow and hidden side, & cast light upon it.
May we see ourselves in the other, and love what we see.
May peace thus grow and connection be greater than distrust. Rev. Jenne Perlstein
Mat we walk the paths of the Most High. ..
And we shall beat our swords into plough shares,
and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation-
neither shall they learn war anymore.
And none shall be afraid…
In the name of God, Hashem , Allah and Jesus Amen
Jenne Perlstein, offered for worship 21/10/18, Pentecost 21B