by Mark Meeks // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions
We gathered for worship in our sanctuary at our usual Sunday morning time. We lit our Peace Prayer Candle as we do every Sunday. We sang “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More”, prayed a “peace walk prayer” then departed the sanctuary to walk about 6 blocks to the Dr. King Monument in City Park. We walked prayerfully with two banners, “We Pray for Peace” and “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” with kids riding in wagons accompanied by grandparents, aunts pulling the wagons, folks stopping to read our banners along the way, honking with us, and making room for us to pass. At the Monument we were joined by a few others, one of whom knew of the event, and others simply in the park who paused to pray with us. There we offered a prayer of intercession for a world in need of peace and sang the “Prayer of St. Francis.” After extending a Peace Blessing, we walked together to a work of public art near the park which had been created by a member of our church. Back at the church, on the steps of the front door, we celebrated Katie’s birthday who is a long time member of our community, who lives simply in the care of others and enjoyed being pushed in her wheelchair on the prayer walk. She also liked the birthday cake.
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