Youth Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation at the Lambeth Conference
Aim: Communicate the hopes of a young generation for peace and reconciliation in a divided and complex world.
This 3 minute film will be played at the Lambeth Conference.
10-20 young people (aged 25 and under) from around the Global Anglican Communion speak out prayers for the situations of conflict and division in their contexts, whilst a series of photographs representing their realities and their hopes appear. Points for prayer could include national conflict, political divisions, community fracture, social division, or more everyday encounters – school, church, friends, culture.
We will invite a number of young people from across the communion to audio record a prayer and take photos that represent the issues that they face in their contexts and something that inspires hope in them for a better future.
Each participant will be asked to pray in a similar format:
- Thanksgiving: Thank God for His promises and nature as revealed in scripture.
- Lament: Describe the challenges they face and how it’s affecting them, their families or their communities.
- Hope: Say what they are hoping for and handing the situation over to God, welcoming in His Holy Spirit.
Instructions for Young People
- Record a prayer to God about a situation of conflict, disagreement or division that affects you in your context. This could be a national conflict, political divisions, community fracture, social division or more everyday encounters – school, church, friends, culture.
- Pray your prayer in three parts. You can use the following phrases to start you off:
- Affirm God’s promises and character from scripture. ‘God, you have promised that…’ or ‘God, thank you that…’ ‘God, I declare that…’
- Lament about the situation you’re in. ‘God, we are hurting because….’, or ‘God, you know our situation, where…’
- Hope: Share your hopes with God and your hope for the church as a peacemaker. Hand your situation back to Good and welcome his Holy Spirit. ‘Please help us to…’, or ‘We ask that you would….’
Loving Lord, thank you for being present with us. God you know the situation where there is divisive name-calling in my community. Please help us stand with those who are hurting. May your church be a place of healing. Please bring your peace. Amen.
We will use parts of your prayer to make up the 3 minute film.
- Submit four (4) photos:
- A photo that represents the issue of conflict or division that you are currently facing;
- A photo that gives you hope for a better tomorrow;
- A passage of scripture from your bible that gives you hope;
- A self-portrait