ELCIC members encouraged to pray for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday, June 1

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are invited to pray for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

“I encourage you to remember in your prayers the people of the Holy Land,” says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, “and pray for peace for Palestinians and Israelis, for peace in the Middle East, and in the world.”

At the 2009 ELCIC National Convention, delegates approved a motion calling for the development of prayers for peace in the Holy Land for a designated Sunday each year. The designated Sunday coordinates with the date also chosen by the Anglican Church of Canada, which is the Seventh Sunday of Easter – Sunday, June 1, 2014.

ELCIC congregations and ministries are encouraged to include the following prayer or other prayers for peace in the Holy Land on this Sunday.

A Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land. The Seventh Sunday of Easter
God of love, we pray for peace and wellbeing for all peoples of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. In the midst of political and religious divisions and conflicts, we ask that your Holy Spirit gather all peoples as ancestors of Abraham and Sarah in understanding, acceptance and peace. We ask that your grace be heard and seen in the minds and actions of leaders, and that all citizens seek to act with forgiveness and justice. Renew our commitment to be voices for peace in the Holy Land and to assist organizations and agencies working for the care of all peoples in the land as Christian, Jewish and Muslim neighbours.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 145,376 baptized members in 594 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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