May the peace of Jesus Christ be with you today.
In two days, on Aug. 6, the eyes of the world will focus on the peace commemoration in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Seventy years ago, 200,000 people died in the atomic explosions which resulted in the end of the second World War. As people gather from around the world, including leaders of The United Methodist Church, we, wherever we find ourselves, are invited to pray for peace – peace in the world, peace in every place. Here in our own communities, we are called to be peacemakers.
In the weeks following the horrific murders in Charleston, SC, we have continued to see in the news, other occasions of violence which break our hearts. We are called to be peacemakers wherever we live. Every congregation of The United Methodist Church is called to be a peacemaking community. We offer resources, through the annual conference, to help you grow in these ministries. The earliest name for Christians was simply, children of peace.
May we live into this name, this day, in our lives, in our ministries, in every place. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”