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Walking in hope of a

better world;

International Day of

Peace draws dozens

BARTON COUNTY -- Dozens of local residents, including several Dominican Sisters from Great Bend, and Father Reggie Urban (pictured, fourth from right), pastor of Prince of Peace Parish, met on Sept. 21 to hold a Walk for Peace around Jack Kilby Square, on which stands the Barton County Courthouse.

 
The event was organized by Sister Jolene Geier, OP, and Connie Burkholder, Liturgy Coordinator for the Dominican Motherhouse.
Sister Jolene and Burkholder co-wrote a prayer service especially for the day. Following is a brief snippet from the service. The itinerary and prayer service can be read in its entirety below.

International Day of Prayer for Peace
Jack Kilby Square, Great Bend, KS
September 21, 2009
6:30 pm

Opening Prayer
For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord,
For a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word.
(Words by Fred Kaan ©Hope Publishing, 1968.  All rights reserved. Used by permission. OneLicense.net A-705156)

As we begin our prayer walk, O God, let each step we take be a sign of our desire and willingness to live your gospel of peace.  Let our voices be raised together, proclaiming your vision for all people of the earth to live in peace and wholeness.  We ask your blessing on us as we pray and walk and sing together this night.  We ask this in the name of the one who is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.

Song                “Peace is Flowing”          
    
1.    Peace is flowing like a river, flowing out of you and me.  Flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free.
2.    Love is flowing like a river, flowing out of you and me.  Flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free.
3.    Healing’s flowing like a river, flowing out of you and me.  Flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free.
4.    Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia, alleluia.
5.    Peace is flowing like a river, flowing out of you and me.  Flowing out into the desert, setting all the captives free.
Text: Carey Landry ©1975, 1979, OCP.  All rights reserved.   Used by permission. LicenSingOnline U5053


Sung Response to Prayers – God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Move to the southeast corner

Praying Around the Square

Southeast Corner:
As we face southeast, we are mindful of our elderly citizens who live out their golden years in many different situations.  Some are blessed with adequate housing such as our High Rise, our other assisted living and nursing homes within our city and county. We are so grateful and blessed for their dedicated lives raising families, working for the good of their communities and churches.  We pray with hopeful trust.
God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are suffering from different ailments that they may find comfort in the loving care of their caregivers.  We pray for their caregivers that they may experience the patience and compassion needed to bring comfort and peace to their elderly minds and hearts.
We pray this in hopeful trust:  God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all people worldwide in need of adequate housing, fresh clean water and safe environments in which to live in freedom from violence. We ask your blessings on Habitat for Humanity, both local and worldwide, which provides homes for our less fortunate citizens.  We pray this in hopeful trust:  God of mercy, hear our prayer.


East Side:
As we face to the east, we recognize the reality of crime and evil in our world.  We pray, O God, for those who are part of the correctional facility in this town.  We pray for safety for both officers and prisoners.  We pray that prisoners might be treated with justice and fairness.  And we pray for those in our world who are condemned to death for their crimes.  May they know your mercy and healing for their lives.  We pray this in hopeful trust:   God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray also for those who are imprisoned unjustly or jailed for their faith.  May there be a way forward for them as you sustain them with your abiding love.  And we pray for those who are trapped in poverty and a pattern of poor decision-making which has resulted in imprisonment.  May your way be known so that these persons’ lives may be restored.  We pray this in hopeful trust:   God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We also remember, loving God, for those who have been victims of crimes.  We pray for persons who have experienced the violence of sexual assault, the destruction or theft of property, and those who have been harmed because of hatred and prejudice.  May your mercy, justice, and healing come to these situations and to these persons.  We pray in hopeful trust.  God of mercy, hear our prayer.


Northeast Corner:
As we face northeast, we are mindful of our connection to your creation, O God.  We pray for those who are stewards of the earth through agriculture.  May all those who are involved in harvesting in these days do so in safety.  May your good earth provide a bountiful harvest so that all your children might be fed.  We pray in hopeful trust.  God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the just and fair treatment of immigrants who are part of the agricultural business in our country.  We pray for their safety as they perform strenuous labor.  May they always be treated with respect and dignity.  And may there be appropriate reform of immigration laws that will help them find security and a way out of poverty.  We pray in hopeful trust.  God of mercy, hear our prayer.


North Side:
As we face north, we are aware of the children of our community and world, Holy God.  We lift up the ministry of the Children’s Clinic and other agencies and facilities that attend to the needs of children in our community.  We pray that all of these might work to bring fullness and abundance of life to your children and youth.  We pray this in hopeful trust:   God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray also for children who are absorbing and learning violence because of the conditions in which they live here and around the world.  Let there be a change of heart and change of behavior in adults, so that your little ones are not exposed to abuse, neglect, violence, and all that harms them.  Instead, we pray that there may be a welcoming and nurturing spirit in our world.  We pray this in hopeful trust:   God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our educational system, in this community, both public and private, that our young people might be taught with great wisdom and respect in their tender years.  May teachers, school counselors, and administrators all work toward the best interest of our children.  We pray this in hopeful trust:   God of mercy, hear our prayer.


Northwest Corner:
We pray for the homeless, for the hungry, for those who find themselves in a crisis, for our foster children of this county and for those who are suffering from disabilities.  We pray for all the supporting agencies that assist in helping those families that find themselves in these unfortunate circumstances.   We ask your blessings on Sunflower Diversified, the Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen, the Rev. Daniel R. Trickey Life Giving Center, Prodigal Son Family Crisis Center, and the many church and community supported agencies that are far too many to mention.  Loving God you know the many needs of these children, adults and agencies. Please, in your provident care, come to their aid. We pray in thanksgiving for all who volunteer to assist in these ministries.
We pray this in thanksgiving and hopeful trust:  God of mercy; hear our prayer

We pray for those beyond Great Bend who find themselves homeless, fleeing from the violence of ethnic cleansings, and from hunger and extreme poverty. We pray for the end of civil and international wars.  Merciful God, help us find ways and the will to end this inhumanity toward fellow human beings.  We pray that with You we can put an end to such misery.
We pray in hopeful trust.  God of mercy; hear our prayer.

We pray for all those in our armed forces who have died in war and for our wounded veterans may they also get adequate health care services .We pray for their families who, too, have sacrificed and supported their loved ones who have served and died for our country and for peace.
We pray this in hopeful trust.  God of mercy; hear our prayer


West Side:
We pray for our health care institutions, especially Central Kansas Medical Center, the Great Bend Regional Medical Center, and for other medical facilities. We pray for responsible delivery of adequate health care to all citizens regardless of the ability to pay.  We pray for a reasonable and satisfactory settlement with the city of Larned concerning the status of St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. We pray for our many different health care specialties provided for us, such as our dentists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, chiropractors, wholistic health practitioners and mental health counselors which support the health care system in this community. We pray for all those who work to help keep our community healthy that God will bless their hearts, minds and hands as they daily touch the hearts, minds and bodies of those who come to them for help.  We pray they will work with one another in peace for the good of the community.
We pray this in hopeful trust. God of mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for all the citizens of the world that they may all have the right to adequate health care even when in their extreme poverty.  We pray for the abolishment of greed we experience when the bottom dollar counts more in these institutions than the person in need.  We pray that the babies may be born into the fullness of life and that the terminally ill and elderly be able to die with dignity and grace.  
We pray this in hopeful trust.  God of mercy, hear our prayer.


Southwest Corner:
As we face the southwest, we are mindful, O God, of our city government and those who give leadership in our community.  We lift them up, that they might be wise stewards of the resources of this town.  We pray for those men and women who provide emergency services to our town and county, such as the fire department and ambulance personnel.  We give thanks for their generous service in keeping us safe and responding to emergencies.  Give them safety and wisdom as they perform their duties. We pray this in hopeful trust:   God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray also for those who give leadership in the wider world – for our state government and our nation.  We especially pray for President Obama and our Congress in this time when many important decisions are needed regarding health care reform, care for the earth, immigration reform, and economic stability.  We pray that these leaders may have the wisdom and best knowledge available to work together toward the common good and a just and peaceful world.  We pray this in hopeful trust:   God of mercy, hear our prayer.


South Side:
We pray for those who work and create in the field of arts and humanities. We pray for authors of books and documentaries that investigate injustices or record history to remember; for filmmakers who entertain us but also help us to take a look at our dark sides; for poets who touch our spirits and inspire us to do good; for actors who help us live life in the characters they play; for musicians of all sorts that help us to sing and dance or tell stories of love or loneliness and sadness; and for comedians who make us laugh at our selves.  We pray in hopeful trust.  God of mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for our people who work in bringing us the news of the world in radio, TV and newspapers and magazines.  We thank you for the good news they bring into our homes.  However, we also pray that we will refrain from the living in denial of our personal and corporate injustices and our complicity in these evils when the bad news is reported. We pray we can rise above and take the high road of compassionate justice and love.
We pray in hopeful trust.  God of mercy, hear our prayer

We also pray for persons and businesses affected by economic downturn, for people unemployed or underemployed.  We pray for the fairness and justice within our financial institutions as they serve our businesses and citizens.  We pray in hopeful trust. God of mercy hear our prayer.


Concluding Prayer

Prayer for the Decade of Nonviolence  - on sheet        Sr. Jolene


Song                “Let There Be Peace on Earth”           

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God, our Creator, we are family.
Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.
With every step I take let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

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Benediction        Connie
God be with you, ‘til we meet again.  God be in you.  Go in peace.
        By God’s counsel, guide, uphold you.  With God’s sheep securely fold you.
        God we with you ‘til we meet again.  God be in you.  Go in peace.

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