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«Prayer stations Kinnecting with peace Use these kinaesthetic prayer stations to help people engage with general prayer for peace to come to people, ...»

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where world and worship meet

Prayer stations

Kinnecting with peace

Use these kinaesthetic prayer stations to help people engage with general prayer for peace to come to people,

communities and nations in conflict. Each one details what if any equipment you need to get together in advance,

instructions for setting up, and the text for the instruction signs you will need to display – (simply copy and paste

these into a word document, enlarging the font so that the instructions are clear enough to read).

Used together, the stations should take 50-60 minutes to work round, but if you have less time you can obviously leave out a couple. You can use them within an intercessions slot, have them set up as an installation for a special service or day of prayer where people can come and go independently and/or use them individually as prayer or intercession responses.

Stations 2-8 can be worked round in any order but you need to make sure that station 1 is done first, and station 9 last.

You might also like to use mp3 worship tracks of songs celebrating God’s heart for the nations and his power to bring peace to create a playlist or CD to play in the background as people are moving round the stations.

1. Soften our hearts Equipment needed: a pot of play-dough (enough for each person to make a shape from) and a print-out of the ‘For display’ sign below.

Instructions for setting up:

1. In advance: Get together all the items that you will need.

2. On the day: Lay out the items and display a copy of the sign you have made.

For display:

Soften our hearts  Psalm 51:10 says “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Spend a few moments thinking about the relationships in your life – family, friends, work colleagues… are any of these relationships struggling as a result of elements of conflict, whether openly expressed or not?

 Lift these to God, asking for him to help you with them, for him to re-create your heart and renew a right spirit towards those involved.

 Make a heart shape out of the play-dough, praying as you do that God will keep your soft towards him, towards those around you, and towards those caught in conflict around the world.

 Carry your heart with you to every station.

© 2013 www.thesanctuarycentre.org/whereworldandworshipmeet 1 Prayer stations Kinnecting with peace

2. Conflict zones Equipment needed: a world map, dove templates (such as the one provided at the end of this document) printed out onto plain paper, scissors, pens/pencils, information about current conflict zones (either printed out or available on a computer), a print-out of the For display sign below and (optional) a print out of the Prayer for peace talks, available at the end of the collection of peace prayers available at http://www.thesanctuarycentre.org/resources/written_prayers_interceding_for_peace_to_come_to_conflict_situat ions.pdf.

Instructions for setting up:

1. In advance: Get together all the items that you will need. Find some information on current conflicts online and then print out the information for people to read – e.g. you might want to print out the list of current “major wars” from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_military_conflicts and then some specific and up-to-date information about some or all of these conflicts from either Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org) or news sources such as www.bbc.co.uk

2. On the day: Lay out the items and display a copy of the sign you have made.

For display:

Conflict zones  The United Nations defines "major wars" as military conflicts causing 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. In 1965, there were 10 major wars; in 2003, there were 15, with as many as two dozen "lesser" conflicts also happening around the world. Today, most war-time victims are civilians, something that has changed significantly from the past. During World War I, civilians made up fewer than 5% of all casualties. Now, 75% or more of those killed or wounded in wars are non-combatants.*  Africa, to a greater extent than any other continent, is afflicted by war. It has been marred by more than 20 major civil wars since 1960. Rwanda, Somalia, Angola, Sudan, Liberia, and Burundi are some of the countries most affected by serious armed conflict in recent years. *  Have a look at some of the information laid out before you regarding current conflicts – focus on one or two countries which particularly touch your heart.

 Take a dove template and write out your prayer for peace to come for that nation.

 Place it upon the specific country on the world map, asking that as the prophet Zechariah declared, Jesus would “proclaim peace” to this nation (Zechariah 9:10).

* globalsecurity.org

3. Prince of Peace Equipment needed: a download of the mp3 of Liz Baddaley’s song “Come Prince of Peace” (available at www.thesanctuarycentre.org/whereworldandworshipmeet-songs) and something to play it on, headphones, a printout of the story behind the song for “Come Prince of Peace” (www.thesanctuarycentre.org/resources/about-comeprince-of-peace.pdf), a print-out of the “Praying for oppressors” written prayer (www.thesanctuarycentre.org/resources/written-prayers-praying-for-oppressors.pdf), a pile of large stones (about fist-size) and a print-out of the For display sign below.





Instructions for setting up:

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1. In advance: Get together all the items that you will need. Either burn a CD of the song, or download it into a computer. You need to be able to play it on something that you can plug headphones into so that people can listen to the song without disturbing others using the other stations.

2. On the day: Lay out the items and display a copy of the sign you have made.

For display:

Prince of Peace  Isaiah 9:6 says “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Put the headphones on and listen to the song “Come Prince of Peace”.

 Now read the About sheet for this song, and reflect on your own thoughts and feelings regarding those labelled as “oppressor”, “terrorist”, “dictator”, or “abuser”.

 Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy’. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43-45). Ask him to help you do this now as you picture those who are causing – or perpetuating – the suffering of others in today’s conflicts.

 When you are ready, pick up a stone in one hand and hold your soft play-dough heart in the other. Read the ‘Prayer for oppressors’ to help you ask God in his mercy to unclench your fist and keep your heart soft.

4. Remembering well Equipment needed: a tray of wet sand, wooden lollipop sticks, a few Remembrance Day poppies (if you can get them), red colouring pencils, glue, scissors, pens/pencils, print-outs of the poppy template at the end of this resource and a print-out of the For display sign below.

Instructions for setting up:

1. In advance: Get together all the items that you will need.

2. On the day: Lay out the items and display a copy of the sign you have made. If you have them, push the Remembrance Day poppies into the wet sand so that they stand up and create the start of a field of poppies.

For display:

Remembering well  In the sea of mud caused by the devastation of the First World World in Northern France and Belgium, the poppy remained, flowering each year and bringing hope and reassurance of restoration to come. For this reason, the poppy has become a symbol of remembrance for those who have died in conflict.

 Take a poppy template – colour in the front of it, reflecting on the fact that every minute two people are killed in conflicts around the world. *  Then, turn your poppy over, and pray for those left behind – ask that God would meet them in their grief and bring comfort, hope and community as they struggle to get used to life without their loved ones.

 Glue your poppy to a lollipop stick, and place it into the tray of sand with the other poppies – as you do so, speak out these words of Jesus: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5: 4).

* www.bbc.co.uk (One Day of War)

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5. Blessed are the peacemakers Equipment needed: a means to play (with sound/headphones the 1-minute video by the United Nations about peace-keeping available at www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/operations/peacekeeping.shtml, a print-out of the For display sign below and a stack of cards/post-it notes with the following titles written on them (one title per

card/post-it note):

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Instructions for setting up:

1. In advance: Get together all the items that you will need.

2. On the day: Lay out the items and display a copy of the sign you have made.

For display:

Blessed are the peacemakers  Watch the video from the United Nations on “What is peace-keeping?”  Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” and in James 3:17-18 it says “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” Reflect on how these scriptures match up (or not) with what you’ve just seen.

 Now pick up the pile of organisations/people groups who are involved in international peace-keeping – lay them out in a circle in front of you.

 Pray this Celtic circling prayer * based on the fruits of the Spirit over these peace-keepers, picturing as you do so

God’s love encircling them all:

Circle them Lord, let hope be their lens, let despair be exiled.

Circle them Lord, let perseverance be their passion, let slip roads to the wide path be closed.

Circle them Lord, let love be their reason, let hate be a stranger.

Circle them Lord, let joy be their comfort, let sadness be no more.

Circle them Lord, let peace be their aim, let conflict be resolved.

Circle them Lord, let patience be their reward, let striving have no hold.

Circle them Lord, let kindness be their priority, let busyness be no excuse.

Circle them Lord, let goodness be their filter, let negativity not cloud their view.

Circle them Lord, let faithfulness be their goal, let doubt be powerless to defeat them.

Circle them Lord, let gentleness be their resolve, let slick words be silenced.

Circle them Lord, let self-control be their delight, let excess lose its attraction.

Circle them Lord with your fathering love, so that as they bring your peace, they may be called your children.

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 Before you leave this station, take some time to consider whether there’s anything God might be laying on your heart to do to be part of making peace after today – (for example to support a charity working on reconciliation work or to commit to continue to pray for peace makers on an ongoing basis).

* adapted from http://www.thesanctuarycentre.org/resources/written-prayers-circling-prayer-to-bring-upward-and-outward-focus-in-challenging-situations.pdf

6. Child of conflict Equipment needed: a few Bibles (ideally in a variety of translations) and a print-out of the For display sign below.

Instructions for setting up:

1. In advance: Get together all the items that you will need.

2. On the day: Lay out the items and display a copy of the sign you have made.

For display:

Child of conflict  UNICEF specifies several potential major impacts on children who are caught up in armed conflict in their

country*:

1. Death or injury to children.

2. Death or injury to a care-giver (parent, guardian, sibling).

3. Forced displacement from home or country.

4. Reduced or blocked access to basic services, including education and healthcare.

5. Recruitment or use of children by armed forces or armed groups.

6. Attacks on schools or hospitals.

7. Rape or other sexual violence against children.

8. Abduction of children.

9. Denial of humanitarian access to children.

 In addition, many children are deeply traumatised by what they have witnessed or experienced during conflict.

The Children and War Foundation say that many children experience traumatic symptoms or post-traumatic stress disorders including nervousness, anxiety, fear of going outside, withdrawal, depression, crying easily, not wanting to play, loss of interest in the things they usually enjoy, irritable and quick to anger, temper tantrums, restlessness, problems concentrating, problems sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, an unhealthy fascination with war games and rapid mood changes. **  Cup your play-dough heart in the palms of your hands – pray for the protection and healing of all children caught up in conflict.

 If you find it helpful, read Psalm 91 and pray this Psalm over every child in a war-zone who is frightened or hurting today.

* http://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_58011.html and http://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_57997.html ** http://www.childrenandwar.org/resources/common-reactions-of-children-after-war-and-disaster/

7. Far from home Equipment needed: a large print out of the footprint image at the end of this resource (large enough for people to stand on), a print-out of the poem “If I could” at the end of this resource, a print-out of the meditative prayer for

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