The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), the platform shared by the Methodists, Baptists, United Reformed Church and Church of Scotland, joined the UN Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire in order that Governments can respond to the common threat of Coronavirus.
“The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war” Antonio Guterres said when announcing the call. “
I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.” Repeating his call in the past few days he said “
There should be only one fight in our world today, our shared battle against COVID-19”.
A prayer for peace – published by JPIT
Holy and loving God,
who sent your son Jesus into the world as the Prince of Peace,
we pray for peace.
As we learn again what it means to be human,
of our unavoidable connection one to another,
let us be those who will move forwards to make a new normal:
a world where we will not invest in weapons of mass destruction,
a world where compassion for those in need prevails over hardness of heart,
a world where we finally learn to love one another.
Let this be a time when all peoples lay aside difference
and find a new way to work together for the common good.
Let warring and hatred end;
let the call for a global ceasefire be heard and honoured.
In working together in a way which brings you glory, O God,
let fear be driven out and a new trust in each other and in you grow.
And as we work together to end poverty and violence,
may the light of Christ shine ever more brightly in your world.
We pray in the name of our risen saviour, Jesus Christ.