Sunday Prayer: Sent to Make Peace

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On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”      —John 20:19-23

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God of Peace,

You have made peace with us

Through your blood shed on the cross.

And you have made peace with everything

in your broken world.

You offered peace to the disciples

when they least deserved it.

May we know your peace and wholeness.

You send us out

To become more and more like Christ.

To be peace-makers, like Christ.

Show us this day and everyday

The places that need peace

In our hearts

In our families

In our neighborhoods

In our churches

In our country

In our world.

Show us how you have sent us

and how to work for peace.

Give us courage to do that work.

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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