Prayers and Scriptures - The World Community

Opening Prayer

O God of Every Nation

O God of every nation, of every race and land,

redeem the whole creation with your almighty hand;

where hate and fear divide us and bitter threats are hurled,

in love and mercy guide us and heal our strife-torn world.


From search for wealth and power and scorn of truth and right,

from trust in bombs that shower destruction through the night,

from pride of race and nation and blindness to your way,

deliver every nation, eternal God, we pray!


Lord, strengthen all who labor that we may find release

from fear of rattling saber, from dread of war's increase;

when hope and courage falter, your still small voice be heard;

with faith that none can alter, your servants undergird.


Keep bright in us the vision of days when war shall cease,

when hatred and division give way to love and peace,

till dawns the morning glorious when truth and justice reign

and Christ shall rule victorious o'er all the world's domain.

The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 435 (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989).

Psalm 24:1 (NRSV)

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.

Acts 17:26 (NRSV)

From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live.

1 Peter 2:9 (NRSV)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

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