Interfaith prayer service marks International Day of Peace – insights magazine


On Tuesday, September 21, Reverend Manas Ghosh, Minister of St John’s Uniting Church, Wahroonga, organized and led an interfaith prayer service to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

Some 200 people – locally, interstate and international – have joined the Zoom service to listen to prayers offered by an inclusive range of faiths. The words were different – the sincere call was the same; all calling on God to guide them to peace and reconciliation, forgiveness and healing.

The Reverend Sharon Hollis, Speaker of the National Assembly, offered a prayer on behalf of the United Church in Australia.

Other prayers were offered by the Aboriginal, Armenian Apostolic, Baha’i, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Mandaean, Sikh, Sufi and Zoroastrian communities.

Students from Knox Grammar, Pymble Ladies College and Methodist Ladies College, Burwood, expressed their hopes for peace and freedom, reflecting intergenerational voices.

Participants were treated to a magnificent performance of the hymn “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace” – and an “Amazing Grace” violin recital.

The Reverend Simon Hansford, Moderator of the United Church in Australia, NSW and ACT Synod, concluded the afternoon with a powerful speech, titled “When Peace Is Not Peace”

He urged those who listen to create peace, by speaking up, sitting next to it, waiting with, listening, patiently building… hopefully.

Morna buys
St John’s Uniting, Wahroonga

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