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Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Prince of Peace!
We invite you and your congregation to observe Peace Sunday together with brothers and sisters in the global Anabaptist church family on 17 September 2023.
Accompanying this letter, we send worship resources you may use in celebrating Peace Sunday in September or at any time that suits your worship calendar. Please feel free to use only the pieces that are useful for your worship gathering.
The theme for this year’s Peace Sunday is: “We are Family! Participating in God’s family.”
This year’s Peace Sunday resources explore what makes a “family” a space in which people can embody just and peaceful relationships with one another, witnessing to God’s shalom.
In Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus challenges and re-draws images of family: not prescribed by a given structure but shaped by the quality of relationships; not characterized by the absence of conflict or tension, but how these are addressed.
These Peace Sunday worship resources are provided by the Peace Commission of Mennonite World Conference. We encourage their use by all MWC-related congregations on the designated Peace Sunday (17 September 2023), or another Sunday that fits the schedule of the congregation. We trust that we can all be nurtured by the faithfulness of these brothers and sisters.
May these resources help us in this pursuit.