New Resources for Churches in September and October Commemmorations

On 21 September, churches and communities throughout the world are committing to the International Day of Peace through prayer, meditation and other forms of spiritual observance. For 2009, the WCC office for the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) proposes prayers and liturgical resources related to this year’s DOV focus on the Caribbean and its theme “One Love: Building a Peaceful Caribbean”.
The International Day of Prayer for Peace was proposed at a 2004 meeting between WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia and UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The WCC’s invitation to pray for peace on 21 September, or the Sunday preceding it, coincides with a United Nations’ initiative that encourages “global 24-hour spiritual observation for peace”, which “is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and other spiritual practices in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict”.

Haiti, 2004. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / ACT
Haiti, 2004. Photo: Paul Jeffrey / ACT

Prayers for peace from the Caribbean
More information on the DOV 2009 Focus on the Caribbean
More information on the International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP)
Also see the website of the United Nations International Day of Peace Vigil

Social Justice Sunday 27th September 2009 “Hope for the Common Good -Beyond the Global Financial Crisis”. Resource from the National Council of Churches in Australia, to assist churches in marking this day.
“The global financial crisis began two years ago. We now know that the global economic system has developed in a way that is unsustainable. As we face the trhreat of dangerous climate change we learn that it is also unsustainable. ……
I urge you to take action to help our communities realise that there is a future beyond the global financial crisis and to Hope for the Common Good”. Revd Tara Curlewis, NCCA General Secretary.

Social Justice Sunday resources are availabe from : the NCCA Social Justice Network
and from from the Council of Churches of WA : administrator@churcheswa.com.au

Climate Change Day of Prayer Sunday October 4th
The Day of Prayer is supported by the Environmental Issues Network (EIN) of Churches Together in Britain & Ireland (CTBI).
A key aim is to pray for God’s will to be done during the decisive Copenhagen COP 15 talks this December. Christians of all denominations are joining together to express their concerns over the seriousness and urgency of our global situation.
Sunday October 4th is suggested as the day of prayer (though individual churches will be free to make their own arrangements and dates).
This date is St Francis Day and the final Sunday of the Time for Creation (September 1st – October 4th).
It will also be harvest festival in many churches.
The time of prayer could be from 12 noon to 6 pm and will encourage people to ‘stop’ in a busy world and take time out in prayer and meditation.
People may want to combine this with a time of fasting. People will be welcome to come for as short or long a time as they wish.

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