“Peace Psalm”

One: Compassionate God, your teacher Jesus taught us that we are all neighbours.

All: Thank you for showing us through his words and deeds that we are all worthy of love regardless of nationality, race, creed, or social status.

One: Help us to be like Jesus who invited everyone to his table of abundance.

All: We are grateful for the opportunity to see beyond the rules and regulations of societies, governments and religions to the law of the heart which is our common knowing.

One: The Good Samaritan reached out beyond his cultural and religious programming to abide by the law of his heart.

All: Creator God, we rejoice that you placed the same compassionate heart within us.

One: Unchanging One, we are thankful that you placed your peace and compassion at the center of our being.

All: Through Your inspiration we will see through the ancient and constantly reversing roles of victim and victimizer to recognize a sister or pother.

One: Eternal One, Your gift of love is available to everyone.

All: Following Your example, we will not exclude anyone from our love.

One: Jesus taught us, “judge not lest you be judged”

All: We place our trust in You to help us find that calm center where peace and love replace judgment of ourselves or others.

One: We are comforted to know that when we are at peace, peace is extended to our families, our communities and the world.

All: Let us be channels of Your peace and know that in every encounter and in every moment there is an opportunity to decide to extend peace through your grace.

(Contemporary Psalm by Kamala Moore, International Peace Day, September 21, 2008)