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We Pray for Peace

FINLANDIA (“This is My Song”)

We pray for peace, O God of love and justice,
as once again, we face a time of war.
The meek and humble try — amid the crisis —
to love and build, to nurture and restore.
May leaders hear the truth the prophets teach us —
that gifts of peace are well worth struggling for.

We pray for peace, O Christ who calmed the waters —
who stilled the storm, who stilled disciples’ fear.
You spoke with love and with amazing power;
be with us now when trouble is so near.
May leaders see the miracle you offer —
that words and deeds can calm the nations here.

We pray for peace, O Spirit here among us;
your love emboldens, judges and restrains.
Take any hate and acts of impulse from us;
make leaders wise, amid competing claims.
May we seek peace, O God of love and justice;
may love and mercy be our highest aims.

Permission is given for free use of this hymn, including in online worship services.

Biblical references:  Psalm 34:14; Psalm 85:10; Proverbs 12:20; Isaiah 11:6-8; Matthew 5:9; Luke 8:22-25; Luke 19:41;1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Galatians 5:22-23.

See also: PCUSA’s “Prayer for International Crisis.”

Tune: Jean Sibelius, 1899 (“This is My Song”)  (MIDI)
Text: Copyright © 2022 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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The Rev. Casey Carbone sings “We Pray for Peace:”

The Rev. Casey Carbone (he/him/his) is pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac, New York, and the IT/Communications Facilitator for Hudson River Presbytery in New York.