The new “Pray for Peace” ministry, which is open to all persons whether or not they are members of the parish, will sponsor an event to mark the International Day of Peace (aka World Peace Day) on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
On World Peace Day, Grace Episcopal Church, 270 Main St, Oxford, MA will sponsor a candlelight Peace Vigil outside the church at 6:30 PM with an Evening Prayer service at 7:00 PM. Following the service, there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments in Hodge Hall. These events will be open to all. The children of Grace Church Sunday School and Grace Church Preschool will participate in Pinwheels for Peace. (http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/pinwheelsforpeace/home.html )
The International Day of Peace was begun by the United Nations in 1982. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Around the world, groups create events to raise community awareness of the right of all persons to live in peace. More information about the International Day of Peace can be found at http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/index.shtml and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Peace .
A “Pray for Peace” ministry was recently created at Grace Episcopal Church, Oxford, MA as a response to the increasing presence of hostility and violence in our world, not only in the forms of warfare and war crimes but also gun violence, violence against women, interpersonal conflict and more. Many people feel powerless to stop the violence. They believe there is nothing they can do to change the way things are. But prayer IS an action. Therefore the “Pray for Peace” ministry was as a way that EVERYONE can DO SOMETHING to bring more peace to our lives and the world. Just as a violent act is like a pebble thrown into a pond, creating ever expanding ripples of pain in the lives of individuals, so we at Grace Church believe that prayer for peace is a pebble that will spread ripples of peace into the lives of individuals.
Grace Church invites all who feel moved to “Pray for Peace” to join us monthly to begin casting pebbles into our ponds. We especially invite all to World Peace Day prayer service to join people worldwide who will be casting pebbles into their ponds on that day.