Day 4: World Week for Peace in Palestine/Israel
Today is the fourth day of the World Week for Peace. We continue to pray as the global church for the dismantling of the wall separating the people of Israel and Palestine--and for the dismantling of every wall that divides us from our fellow human beings. For this reason, although this week's prayers are primarily focused on this one wall in this one place, we also pray for an end to racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and Christian-ophobia.
If you are still planning this Sunday's worship service, please consider using this litany of commitment to faith in action, from the WWPPI 2016 Liturgy:
A LITANY OF COMMITMENT TO FAITH in ACTION
Christ is our peace
He is our peace
Therefore we will be peacemakers: in our relationships, our families, our churches, and our communities.
He came to us in flesh, born in Bethlehem
Therefore we will not forget the people of Bethlehem, and all who live in communities behind the wall today.
He has made both groups into one
Therefore we will treat all humans with dignity, respect, and honor—Israeli, Palestinian, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, on both sides of the wall. We refuse to be divided by hatred.
He has broken down the dividing wall
Therefore we will insist that our governments, our lawmakers, and our churches advocate for the dismantling of the Israeli separation wall.
May the God who has given us the will to do these things, give us the strength and courage to perform them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.