Call for a Season of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East (July 29, 2006)

To: The Congregations of the Southern Province

The Provincial Elders’ Conferences of the Northern and Southern Provinces concluded their annual joint meeting this past weekend in Winston-Salem. The current violence in the Middle East weighed heavily on our minds and hearts as we joined in worship, prayer and discussion. The PEC’s felt led to call for a season of prayer for peace in the Middle East. We, therefore, urge all congregations and persons engaged in ministry in our Provinces to offer intercessions, privately and in public worship, during the month of August for the Spirit of our Lord to give thoughts of peace and justice to the leaders of nations and peoples, and for God to lead the Church in responding with compassion to those who suffer violence. We would commend for your use the Liturgy for Peace and Justice in our Moravian Book of Worship, as well as the use of the attached statement adopted by the PEC’s.

In the Name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ,
Wayne Burkette


Call for a Season of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East
August, 2006


In the Ground of the Unity our Moravian Church professes that “Jesus Christ maintains in love and faithfulness His commitment to this fallen world. Therefore we must remain concerned for this world. We may not withdraw from it through indifference, pride or fear. Together with the universal Christian Church, the Unitas Fratrum challenges all with the message of the love of God, striving to promote the peace of the world and seeking to attain what is best for all people.” In the Moravian Covenant for Christian Living we profess that “for the sake of the peace which we have with God, we earnestly desire to live peaceably with all people and to seek the peace of the places where we dwell.” And we say that “we will not hate, despise, slander, or otherwise injure anyone…Together with the universal Christian Church, we have a concern for this world, opening our heart and hand to our neighbors with the message of the love of God…”

The Provincial Elders’ Conferences of the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America, meeting jointly on July 28 and 29, 2006, call upon the congregations of our two provinces to observe an immediate, urgent and special season of prayer during the month of August, 2006 for peace in the Middle East. Pray for a time of calm and the cessation of the escalating violence. Pray for all those who are suffering. Pray for the local, national and international leaders who make decisions on the implementation of war to show restraint and a desire to work for justice. Pray for an end to hostilities that will both save lives and lead to a lasting and secure peace for the area. Pray for the leading of our Chief Elder, even the Prince of Peace, to make us instruments of His peace in all we do and say in this time of great concern and loss of human life.

“Let hope keep you joyful; in trouble stand firm; persist in prayer.” (Romans12:12 NEB)

July 29, 2006
Winston-Salem, N.C.