Walk for peace


Logo for PAX Walk of Peace

 
PAX is the largest peace organization in the Netherlands. They work to protect civilians from the violence of war, to end armed violence and to build inclusive peace. They do this in conflict areas worldwide, together with local partners and people who believe, as they do, that everyone has the right to a dignified life in a peaceful society.

In 2015 PAX teamed up with the Dutch Council of Churches to organize their first Walk of Peace. More than 100 Walks of Peace have taken place all around the country since then.

The Walk of Peace is a walk of and for peace. A walk to experience and to show that, despite our differences, we can still get along.

PAX’s 2021 Walk of Peace will be held in Zwolle this coming Saturday, 18 September.
 

You can go on a Walk of Peace too, anytime, right where you are – to pray for peace and peacemakers and affirm your commitment to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, our Prince of Peace. And take some friends along with you.

 


 
From the blog
A Peace Garden
Lively concern
imagine … no war …
 

Walk the walk


Canal tour in Paris, while waiting at one of the sluice gates  (Photo: Irene Bom)

 

He has told you, mortals,
      what is good
      in His sight.
 
What else
      does the Eternal
      ask of you
but to live justly
and to love kindness
and to walk
      with your True God
      in all humility?
(Micah 6:8, VOICE)

 
 
 
Take time to meditate on this verse and consider how you might put it into practice in the particulars of your life and relationships, including your relationship with the one True God-with-you, who loves you and knows what is good and what is good for you.

No doubt, there will be things to confess and put right, as well as new prayer-inspired, prayer-supported initiatives as your move forward.
 


From the blog
First love
The last may be first
In the school of prayer with St Francis of Assisi
 

He walks the earth


Discarded (or misplaced) working boots   (Photo: Irene Bom)
 

 

God empties himself
into the earth like a cloud.
God takes the substance, contours
of a man, and keeps them,
dying, rising, walking,
and still walking
wherever there is motion.

 
excerpt from the poem, “Feast days”, by Annie Dillard
published in Tickets for a Prayer Wheel
 


More Annie Dillard
The Holy Other
 

Playful prayer


 

While I was trawling the internet for play-related prayer topics and resources I came across a website called PLAYFUL PRAYER with the tagline, ‘Exploring creative communication with God’.

The blogs posts are by Susanna from the UK. She writes,

This blog exists to inspire you and I to play and explore with different ways of communicating with God. There are many different ways to learn and express. I happen to be a visual and kinesthetic learner: Truth and beauty sink into my spirit when I see and do. Don’t get me wrong, I do love words: There’s great power in spoken and written word but sometimes I get a bit ‘word weary.’ So, recently I’ve been having lots of fun praying in creative ways.

Here are some ways it’s helped me:

  • Focus when I pray for others (I’m easily distracted!)
  • Going deeper into understanding the bible
  • Emotional healing, overcoming fears, breakthrough freedom and spiritual growth
  • I’ve found new ways to worship God, thank him & mediate on his character
  • Ways to express myself when I can’t find the words
  • By creating something physical and visual it helps to share the joy with others

 
The most recent blog post is dated January 23, 2018. Still, the site is a treasure trove of ideas to inspire playful prayer activities where you are – in your family, church and neighbourhood.

PLAYFUL PRAYER posts you might like:

 

Check it out. Creativity, playfulness and prayer are always in season.

 

Fools for Christ


Spotted on a canal tour in Paris  (Photo: Irene Bom)
 

Call to Worship

We come into the presence of a God
we can neither see nor touch,
yet a God we can sense.
We are fools for Christ’s sake.

We come in the name of Jesus,
whose beauty we cannot explain or capture,
but know intimately.
We are fools for Christ’s sake.

We come to hear from a book,
words and stories that are ancient, and yet ever new.
We are fools for Christ’s sake.

We live in a world whose economy is based on keeping,
yet in this place we are invited to give.
We are fools for Christ’s sake.

We come, leaving behind all the business of our lives—.
all the other important things we could be doing.
We come here to worship.
We are fools for Christ’s sake.

 
~ from the United Church of Canada’s Bay of Quinte Conference website,
posted on re:worship
 

The promise of carefree play


I’m glad you are here

 

The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
      and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
      on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
      as the waters cover the sea.

 

 


From the blog
Wild animal praise
Tree of life
Little eyes
 

Safe to play

I have joined forces with my sister, Daphne (seated in the distance). Together we started this low-key outdoor art project in my neighbourhood in Rotterdam, open to passersby. We meet for a few hours on a Friday afternoon when we can, weather-permitting. We call ourselves “ZO MA outdoor art”. (ZO MA is a version of “zomaar” which means “just like that”.) Daphne’s medium of choice is chalk and mine is frottage, standing up against a tree and transferring some of the texture of the bark onto paper using a thick graphite stick or pencil. I usually turn the results into mini zines (A4 sheet of paper folded and turned into an 8-page booklet). You can find examples of my frottage experiments and mini zines on instagram (irene.bom)

 

A few quotes on the topic of play from a conversation between Esther Perel and Krista Tippett on onbeing.org:

“… playfulness comes with a certain element of letting go.”

“… play and curiosity are so intimately interwoven.”

“… play is when risk is fun. You can’t play when you are in a situation of danger, anxiety, or contraction. So you have to feel safe in order to play.”

 
May you find a safe place to play risk free and follow your curiosity, and may you pass on this gift to others too.
 


A benediction

May God’s blessing rest on each one of you.
May God’s light shine on you, and make your path clear.
May hope carry you through the challenging times,
and gratitude be your response when life is good.

May your days be filled with curiosity and adventure,
and may you discover the incomparable joy
of living lives that bring honour and glory to God.
Amen.

 
~ written by Christine Longhurst and posted on re:worship
 


From the blog
To dance with God
Ding! Dong! Curiosity
Heart’s desire
 

Sing a new song

 

– keep on singing –

 

Go ahead — sing your new song to the Lord! Let everyone in every language sing him a new song. Don’t stop! Keep on singing! Make his name famous! Tell everyone every day how wonderful he is. Give them the good news of our great Saviour. Take the message of his glory and miracles to every nation. Tell them about all the amazing things he has done.

 


Call to Worship

based on Psalm 149  (The Message)

Hallelujah!
Sing to God a brand-new song!
Praise God in the company of those who love Him!
Let God’s people celebrate their Sovereign Creator,
and praise His name with music and dance!
For God is here among us,
and He delights to hear our praise!

 
source: re:worship
 


Extra
Sing a New Song ~ by David Mathis
5 Ways to Teach a New Song ~ by Gary Durbin
Scripture-in-song as genre ~ by me
 

Hear creation singing


(Photo: Irene Bom)
 

Call to Worship

(inspired by Isaiah 35:1-10)

Listen–all creation rejoices, can you hear it?
There is so much noise and chatter, are you sure there is music?
Listen–the wilderness and desert are breaking out in song, can you hear it?
It’s been so long since we’ve heard a melody of praise.
Listen–the crocus blooms with joyful singing,
      the very mountains join in the refrain. Can you hear it?
We join our voices in hope,
      worshipping our God who brings forth a new song in the world.

Opening Prayer

Life-giving God, we are a blessed people.
In this moment of worship we pray that you might bless us anew.
Give us ears to hear the melodies of praise that fill the world around us.
And as we hear the songs,
      teach us to sing,
      to dance with abandon,
      to rejoice in the wonders of your grace.
Forgive us when we have passed by signs of your mercy.
From this moment forward,
      open our eyes to the places where joy is springing
      up from parched ground.
Lead us by your Spirit in the pathways of your overflowing
      peace, hope, and joy.
Amen.

 
~ written by Rev. Nancy J.
posted on wonderings, writings and scribbles
 


From the blog
Theme: Part of creation [prayer sheet]
Bright and beautiful
A prayer to the God of summer
 

Break into song

Wake up! Wake up! Break out in song (Judges 5:12, NIV)
Wake up! Wake up! Break out in song (Judges 5:12, NIV)  (Artwork: Irene Bom)
 

Call to Worship

May none of God’s wonderful works keep silence,
night or morning.

Bright stars,
high mountains,
the depths of the seas,
sources of rushing rivers;
may all these break into song
as we sing to Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

May all the angels in the heavens reply
Amen! Amen! Amen!

Power, praise, honour, eternal glory to God,
the only giver of grace.

Amen! Amen! Amen!

 
~ anonymous, written sometime during the 3rd to 6th century.
Originally a hymn. Posted on re:worship
 


From the blog
Sister moon
In the school of prayer with Pádraig Ó Tuama
Circling the globe