World Communion Sunday, II


Here are two prayers for World Communion Sunday from the 2008 worship resource [PDF] provided by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

Prayer of the Day
O God of majesty, as we gather today to worship you, disquiet us and your whole creation with your peacemaking Holy Spirit quietly insisting, “Know justice, know peace.” As your Son broke bread and gave it to thousands, so call us anew to a peace marked by a just distribution of your abundance, until that day when no one shall hunger nor thirst any more; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.

Collect to End the Prayers of the People
O great rejected stone, you who are the cornerstone of our hope, be not to us a stumbling block, but build us up into a household of justice and peace. Guide us by your law and fill us with your grace, that in giving back to you the gifts of your own creation and in sharing them with others we may live out your way of peace in your world. Through the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.

These prayers and the other worship resources [PDF] for 2008 were written by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer Oget who is assistant professor of New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and is affiliated with Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

World Communion Sunday worship resources from 2009 and earlier years are also available.

Many Presbyterian congregations receive the Peacemaking Offering on World Communion Sunday which supports peacemaking efforts across the church and is the primary financial support for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Give to the Peacemaking Offering.

The theme for the Peacemaking Offering is 2009 is taken from Psalm 85:10, “Justice and peace shall kiss each other.”

The art is a serigraph by John August Swanson titled PSALM 85.

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