Liturgy of Lament


Opening Hymn: For the Healing of the Nations
{Ritual Song #823}
Presider: May the God of peace and mercy be with you.
All: And also with you.
We gather today to pray to the God of mercy
for the men, women and children…our brothers and sisters…
who are suffering and dying in the war torn nations of the world.
We beg the God of compassion to hear their cries and our prayers.
God of mercy and compassion,
of grace and reconciliation,
pour your power upon all your children in the Middle East:
Jews, Muslims and Christians,
Palestinians and Israelis.
Let hatred be turned into love,
fear to trust,
despair to hope,
oppression to freedom,
occupation to liberation,
that violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces,
and peace and justice could be experienced by all.
We ask this through Jesus our Savior.
{Someone reads accounts of the violence in the Middle East}

Psalm 22: My God, My God
{Ritual Song # 22} or another appropriate psalm of complaint
Presider: God of perfect peace,
violence and cruelty can have no part with you.
May those who are at peace with one another
hold fast to the good well that unites them;
May those who are enemies forget their hatred and be healed.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
{Someone reads accounts of the violence in the Middle East}
Psalm: 31 Father, I Put My Life in Your Hands
{Glory and Praise, #194} or another appropriate psalm of petition
Presider: O God Source of Life, Creator of Peace…
Help your children, anguished and confused,
to understand the futility of hatred and violence
and grant the ability to stretch across
political, religious and national boundaries
so they may confront horror and fear
by continuing together
in the search for justice, peace and truth…
with every fiber of our being
we beg you, O God,
to help us not to fail nor falter.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Trust & Praise
{Someone reads appropriate phrases from Martin Luther King's
I Have a Dream Speech}

Psalm 128 Blest Are Those Who Love You
{Ritual Song, # 173} or another appropriate psalm of praise
Presider: O ever living and loving God
In your Son Jesus Christ
mercy and faithfulness have met each other,
and justice and peace have kissed.
We pray you: Help us to live in such a way
that we may be to our brothers and sisters
the revelation of your mercy and faithfulness,
of your justice and peace on earth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Concluding Rite
Presider: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
May the God who heals
touch us and our violent world,
and bless us and be with us always.
May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, † and the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
Go now to heal and convert,
to denounce violence
and to console those who are hurting.
Go and be the hands and heart
of Jesus Christ in our world today.
All: Thanks be to God.
Concluding Hymn:
Peace Prayer
{Glory and Praise, # 652} or another appropriate hymn