Many of us have been praying daily the Prayer of St. Francis. This is one of the clearest and most specific articulations of the role of a Christian community in a broken world crying out for peace.
On Thursday evening at 7pm, our 21 days of Making Peace a Habit will culminate in a special Taizé service.
The combined choirs of St. Luke's and St. Paul's will lead us in song. The combined youth groups of St. Luke's and St. Paul's will lead us in prayer. The entire congregation will be invited to light candles for peace.
As a follow up, on Sunday, October 1, at the 9:30am Spiritual Deepening forum, I will be leading a conversation on Making Peace a Habit: Next Steps.
Here we will begin to apply the prayer of St. Francis, according to the Simple Path of Saint Teresa of Calcutta ("Mother Teresa"):
The fruit of Silence is Prayer
The fruit of Prayer is Faith
The fruit of Faith is Love
The fruit of Love is Service
The fruit of Service is Peace
We will also share our thoughts on how to respond compassionately to the current political environment, which is characterized by acrimony and mistrust.
Come prepared to discern your own "next steps" toward finding peace on earth.