Conflict

 

O God grant us peace

O God grace us peace

O God give us peace

 

We pray for those places in the world where disagreement and conflict has soured into warfare and murder

 

For all those affected by honor killings and domestic violence

(specific areas of the world should be changed as appropriate)

For Pakistan and Afghanistan

For Syria and Egypt

For the Congo and for Rwanda

For Yemen and Tibet and Chechnya and all the forgotten places where war and violence rumble on unheard by the outside world

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

O God grant us peace

O God grace us peace

O God give us peace

 

We pray for the church in conflict, where there is schism and anger and entrenched positions. Give us the wisdom to know how to respond to contentious issues of gender and sexuality and work together even when our convictions are different and so help us to live that peace for which Jesus prayed

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

O God grant us peace

O God grace us peace

O God give us peace

 

We pray for ourselves

 

For the conflicts we feel within and which make us unsure what to do or feel

For the conflicts we experience in our families, may this Christmas be a time of reconciliation rather than escalation

And we pray for the conflicts we experience at work and in our communities, give us the courage and skill to be peacemakers, bringing together what is separated and healing what is hurt

 

Lord in your mercy...

 

Now in the silence we bring to you that one particular situation where we see and feel the need for peace

 

Silence

 

O God grant us peace

O God grace us peace

O God give us peace

 

and Lord in your mercy...