Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 4
Date:
21st January 2018
Description:
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

DAY 4 OVERCOMING VIOLENCE

STARTING POINT

Christian discipleship lived out in the world cannot avoid the reality of violence. Most

religions declare themselves to be peaceful and against violence. However, churches,

called into unity and called to be part of God’s mission in the world, are also called to

discern the Gospel of hope. This is a Gospel that can be proclaimed to those who live

with the consequences of gang warfare, domestic violence or the fear of violence.

Isaiah 9.2-7a

His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace

Psalm 34.1-14

Seek peace, and pursue it

Revelation 7.13-17

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes

John 14.25-27

Peace I leave with you

REFLECTION

In our beautiful (is)land

violence breeds violence;

(‘an eye for an eye…’)

and abuse, murder, rape,

(‘limb from limb….’)

become a way of life

as teenage bodies are ravaged beyond repair,

neighbourhoods are gang-violated,

and lives abused –

domestically

(‘heads dashed against rock’?)

We see.

We know,

and we wail: “For the love of God. In the name of Jesus. Stop.”

The hand of God stretches into the pain saying:

‘I bring comfort, justice, righteousness,’

and we remember that

veiled by the violence;

obscured by our walled communities,

beneath the facade of this island-idyll

lie true all-inclusive packages of

beauty

seen and known

by our God of hope.

Each single sacramental life,

precious beyond measure,

is made whole

in the healing

hand of God.

We believe that

in the paradise-heaven

as close to us as the waves

lapping our golden shores

there is

no hunger

no thirst

no torching of lives

or scorching of earth.

Here our tears are wiped away.

Springs of living water

revive our worn-out bodies,

our weary earth.

PRAYER

Reconciling God,

Christ’s nail-pierced hands

Are your intent from eternity

You call us to be signs of peace

In the midst of violence,

The embodiment of hope

In the midst of despair.

May Christ so live in us

That we might spend and be spent

In his ministry of reconciliation.

Amen.

THAT ALL MAY BE FREE

QUESTIONS

Have you felt threatened in a place

where you previously felt safe?

In what ways are you concerned

about increasing violence in your

area and in society?

What is the message of hope that

Christians can bring in a world

troubled by violence?

GO AND DO

(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)

Within the Caribbean, violence is a problem to

which the churches are called to respond.

Visit Go and Do to find out more about

the story behind the holiday images of the

Caribbean.

Contact your nearest Women’s Aid to find out

what supplies they currently need and organise

a joint collection between churches in your

area.

Wear black on Thursdays in solidarity with

victims of rape and domestic violence, visit Go

and Do to find out more.

 

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