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Havdalah – Evening Prayer – 22 October 2016

October 22, 2016

Havdalah is the closing prayer ritual of Sabbath. Havdalah means: separate yourself from hatred and violence; promote peace among people and nations… Let us carry into the coming week some Sabbath hope and joy… **

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow 

As the candles flickered, we prayed and sang

We sang songs of hope and prayed together 

In a world of violence, hatred, and fearmongering

We pray for peace, love, and grace

In a world of fraud and exploitation 

We pray for a willingness to reach out in love and solidarity

In a world where something or someone is sacred only if they believe or look like us

We strive to see all things and all people as sacred; created and blessed by God

Into this world, we pray your Shalom O Lord, Creator of the Universe

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace 

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…
**selections taken from “Gates of Prayer: The New Union Prayer Book (Weekends, Sabbaths, and Festivals)”

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  1. I have been absent from your blog, but am especially grateful for this tonight. I have been in touch with friends in Kirkuk, Iraq, who are experiencing the fallout from trying to move on Mosul to drive out ISIS. I understand the need for this, but am dreading the loss of life on all sides. The sweet Presbyterian pastor in Kirkuk led the memorial service for his own sainted father this week, even as ISIS sleeper groups wreaked havoc in his city. How do we see the “other” as children of God in this situation? Yet we must. I will sing the songs and pray the prayers of hope, and be grateful that the Lord above hears them all. Please keep lighting the vesper lights so we can gather together. Dona nobis pacem.

    • Oh Julie, your words from the heart speak volumes! I too dread the toll this action will take in lives on all sides… you, my dear Sister, brought me to the Vesper Lights and Dona Nobis Pacem… Denise and my prayers gather with yours and your dear family overseas…

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