International Peace Day 2015 will be marked on 21st September 2015 under the theme: ‘Partnerships for Peace, Dignity for All’ which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. The OAIC believes that this day is a reminder of the blessings in our calling as Christians to be ‘Peacemakers’. This is not a one-day event but a commitment to a way of life. We stand in solidarity with brothers and sisters all over the world as we commemorate World Peace Day.
Prayer Points for the month and beyond:
- Burundi: Faced with a tensed predicament over recent killings witnessed due to the contested leadership while thousands have become refugees after fleeing their country.
- South Sudan: Disputed leadership and the civil strife that has seen hundreds die and thousands flee their country.
- Syria: War that has left over 200,000 people dead while thousands continue to flee the country.
- Somalia: Still struggling with prolonged conflict the rebuilding process.
- Nigeria: Continuous spates of attacks in Northern Nigeria that have resulted into hundreds of deaths, displacement of people, destruction and shattered families.
- Family: Conflict situations in the family that destroys the harmony between, parents and children, with siblings, husbands and wives.
- Church: Conflict in the church which has the potential communication break down between leaders and the people, amongst leaders themselves, and amongst the congregants
- Any other situation in your community/country that is not peaceful.
We encourage congregations to:
- Focus their sermons on the theme of peace across two Sundays during the month of September 2015 i.e. 20th September and 27th September 2015.
- Offer prayers for peace.
- Include songs of peace during all the Sunday services during the month of September 2015.
We have attached a sermon outline/guide that can be used during one of the worship services in the month of September.
Please send us photos, copies of your prayers, sermons, etc of how your congregation, church commemorated the month and beyond. Please also send us praise reports of how God has intervened in a situation that was not peaceful. We will share your stories with the rest of the OAIC family and beyond.