The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

Litany for Peace in a Time of War

In this time of crisis and war, let us commit ourselves to prayer and pray to the God of all creation to bring peace to our world, peace to our nation, and peace to our hearts.

Lord of the nations, the horrors of war stand before us in graphic ways that disturb our daily lives.  Fear grips us for our personal safety and the safety of those in harm’s way.  Sorrow washes over us for the seeming necessity of war and the losses that come with it.  Opinions divide us and leave us confused in the face of an uncertain future.  You alone, O God of Creation, who in the beginning brought order into chaos, light into darkness – you alone can help us in these days of crisis and war. 
We, your people, cry to you, O Lord!

Come to the aid of nations and leaders who need your guidance.  Come to the aid of those standing in harm’s way.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

Come to the aid of our military and their families. Come to the aid of all who need your assuring and loving presence.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

Strengthen us in faith and calm the fears within us that are many.  Help us to trust in you for our lives and our future.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

Forgive us for our sin, both corporate and individual, especially for our failings as peacemakers.  Forgive us for the divisions among us.  Renew our spirits and increase our resolve to pray fervently for peace.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

Protect us from any evil that surrounds us.  Lift the hearts of the sorrowful.  Bring healing to the sick and the wounded.  Comfort the dying and the bereaved with your love.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

Above all, give us hope and give us peace on earth, lasting peace.
O Lord, hear our prayer.

God of peace, God of love, fill our hearts and our minds with the peace and love that only you can give.  We, your people, ardently cry to you, O Lord.  You are our answer.  You are our hope.  Come to our aid.  In Jesus’ name.

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