Diocese of Canterbury
Saint Martin of Tours – Guston Parish Church
Praying together for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation
Over 900 years in the service of God
and the Community
'Lord, teach us to pray'
When we pray we come before God with the world on our hearts. We are
also offering ourselves to be in some small way channels of love and peace in
God already knows what is in our hearts and minds. We can be honest
with God, and say exactly how we feel, or even just sit in silence.
It might help to find a quiet space. You may want to be on your own,
but you may also find that it helps to join other people, who may be
gathering to pray in local churches, but also in schools, workplaces and
· You may find that you can say just what you want to, using your own words. But many people find it helpful to use written prayers.
A Simple Prayer in Troubled Times
A Prayer for Justice
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of our land as your
love would make it:
- a land where the weak are protected, and none go
hungry or poor;
And give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of St Francis
A Prayer for Mercy
A Prayer for the Leaders of the Nations
Some suitable Prayers for Peace
Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of Truth and peace proceed, kindle, we pray thee, in the hearts of all men the true love of peace;
and guide with thy pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take council for the nations of the earth;
that in tranquility thy kingdom may go forward,
till the earth be filled with the knowledge of thy love:
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bishop Paget of Oxford, 1851-1922
“Peace means something special to Christians because,
in the Gospel of John, Christ says:
‘My peace I give unto you’.
True peace cannot in the end rest on a balance of terror
or even a treaty.
It springs from something deeper - the peace of God himself.”
Bishop Richard Harries, ‘Praying Round the Clock’
Show us, good Lord,
the peace we should seek,
the peace we must give,
the peace we can keep.
the peace we must forgo,
and the peace you have given
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer used by the Corrymeela Community
O God, who wouldest fold both heaven and earth in a single peace:
let the design of thy great love lighten upon the waste
of our wraths and sorrows;
and give peace to thy church, peace among nations,
peace in our dwellings, and peace in our hearts;
through thy Son our saviour Jesus Christ.
From Memorials upon Several Occasions
A Prayer for Reconciliation
A Child's Prayer