Prayers in response to war in Iraq for an end to war
God of justice and compassion, who calls us to turn from violence to the path of righteousness and peace: hear our sorrow for our failure to settle the disputes of our day after the example of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and hasten the time when wars will cease in all the world and nations will learn to live in harmony, for the sake of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
for the people of Iraq
O Jesus in your loneliness and agony on the Mount of Olives, you prayed to the heavenly Father for comfort. You know that there are souls on earth who are without support and without comforters. Send them assurance of your abiding presence; for your mercy's sake. Amen. for members of the armed services Almighty God, you have called each of us to your service and asked of us that we be worthy of our calling: grant to all who serve in the armed services such a measure of your grace that in danger's hour they may know the consolation of your love, and may act with justice and mercy, for your honour and glory. Amen.
for the work of the United Nations
Almighty God, source of all love, wisdom and truth, bless the work of the United Nations, that it may carry forward its mission in fostering international understanding, the restraining of violence, and the promotion of justice and peace, with integrity and determination; and may bring all peoples of your world into that unity which accords with your perfect will, for your love's sake. Amen.
for the peace of the world
Loving God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, and no strength known but the strength of love: so guide and inspire, we pray, the labours of those who seek to establish righteousness and peace among the nations, that all people may find their security, not in force of arms, but in that perfect love which casts out fear, and in the fellowship revealed to us in your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty God, Creator of the Universe, I feel small and helpless in the face of the atrocities of war and conflict. I offer you the only thing I can - my ordinary, everyday life. I ask you to take it and to use it to bring healing and peace. I do not ask to understand but only to accept that you need very little in order to do much, for you once fed five thousand hungry people with five loaves and two fish, the gift of one small boy. Amen.