Ecclesiastes 5 : 1 – 7“Guard your steps when you go to the house of the Eternal One;to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools;for they do not know how to keep from doing evil.Never be rash with your mouth,nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God,for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few.For dreams come with many cares, and a fool’s voice with many words.When you make a vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it;for he has no pleasure in fools. Fulfill what you vow.It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not fulfill it.Do not let your mouth lead you into shortcoming,and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake;why should the Eternal One be angry at your words,and destroy the work of your hands?With many dreams come vanities and a multitude of words.”
Ecclesiastes 5 : 1 – 7“In my vain life I have seen everything;there are righteous people who perish in their righteousness,and there are wicked people who prolong their life in their evildoing.Do not be too righteous, and do not act too wise; why should you destroy yourself?Do not be too wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die before your time?It is good that you should take hold of the one, without letting go of the other;for the one who fears God shall succeed with both.Wisdom gives strength to the wise more than ten rulers that are in a city.Surely there is no one on earth so righteous as to do good without ever shortcoming.Do not give heed to everything that people say,or you may hear your servant cursing you;your heart knows that many times you have yourself cursed others.”
The IFRM Choir sings; ‘This Is My Song” Lyrics by Lloyd Stone & Music by Jean Sibelius (3:00 minutes)This is my song, O God of all the nations,A song of peace for lands afar and mine.This is my home, the country where my heart is;Here are my hopes, my dreams, my sacred shrine.But other hearts in other lands are beating,With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.But other lands have sunlight too and clover,And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.O hear my song, O God of all the nations,A song of peace for their land and for mine.
(verses by Georgia Harkness ca.1939)May truth and freedom come to every nation;May peace abound where strife has raged so long;That each may seek to love and build together,A world united, righting every wrong;A world united in its love for freedom,Proclaiming peace together in one song.This is my prayer, O Lord of all earths kingdoms:Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him,And hearts united learn to live as one.O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations;Myself I give thee, let thy will be done.
The Ten Commandments of the Haitian Natives• Keep in touch with the Great Spirit.• Show respect for your fellow man.• Be friendly and truly helpful.• Be honest and speak the truth.• Be Just.• Care for the wellbeing of mind and body.• Treat the Earth and everything that arises from it with respect.• Take responsibility for your own actions.• Sacrifice a part of your efforts for the greater good.• Work together for the benefit of humanity.
Hymn of promiseIn the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; In cocoons, a hiddenpromise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a springthat waits to be, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; There’s a dawn in everydarkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what itholds, a mystery, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; In our doubt there is believing; inour life, eternity, In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, Unrevealed untilits season, something God alone can see.
Dag Hammerskjöld:The world in which I grew up was dominated by principles and ideals of a timefar from ours and, as it may seem, far removed from the problems facing a manof the middle of the twentieth century. However, my way has not meant a departurefrom those ideals. On the contrary, I have been led to an understandingof their validity also for our world of today. Thus, a never abandoned effort franklyand squarely to build up a personal belief in the light of experience and honest thinkinghas led me to recognize and endorse, unreservedly, those very beliefs which oncewere handed down to me. From generations of soldiers and government officialson my father’s side I inherited a belief that no life was more satisfactory than oneof selfless service to your country–or humanity.
This service required likewisethe courage to stand up unflinchingly for your convictions. From scholarsand clergymen on my mother’s side I inherited a belief that, in the very radical senseof the Gospels, all men were equals as children of God, and should be metand treated by us as our masters in God. Faith is a state of the mind and the soul.The language of religion is a set of formulas which registera basic spiritual experience. I was late in understanding what this meant.When I finally reached that point, the beliefs in which I was once brought upwere recognized by me as mine in their own right and by my free choice.I feel that I can endorse those convictions without any compromise with the demandsof that intellectual honesty which is the very key to maturity of mind.The two ideals which dominated my childhood world met me fully harmonizedand adjusted to the demands of our world of today in the ethics of Albert Schweitzer,where the ideal of service is supported by and supports the basic attitude to manset forth in the Gospels.
The two ideals which dominated my childhood world met me fully harmonizedand adjusted to the demands of our world of today in the ethics of Albert Schweitzer,where the ideal of service is supported by and supports the basic attitude to manset forth in the Gospels. In his work I also found a key for modern man to the worldof the Gospels. But the explanation of how man should live a life of activesocial service in full harmony with himself as a member of the community of the spirit,I found in the writings of those great medieval mystics for whom “self-surrender” hadbeen the way to self-realization, and who in “singleness of mind” and “inwardness”had found strength to say yes to every fate and demand life had in store for themwhen they followed the call of duty. “Love,” that much misused and misinterpretedword, for them meant simply an overflowing of the strength with which they feltthemselves filled when living in true self-oblivion. And this love found naturalexpressions in an unhesitant fulfillment of duty and in an unreserved acceptanceof life, whatever it brought them personally of toil, suffering–or happiness.I know that their discoveries about the laws of inner life and of action have notlost their significance.
The Prayer (Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster)I pray youll be our eyes, and watch us where we go. And help us to be wise in timeswhen we dont know. Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way. Lead us to theplace, guide us with your grace. To a place where well be safe.I pray we Il find your light, and hold it in our hearts. When stars go out eachnight, Remind us where you are. Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day.Help us find a place, guide us with your grace. Give us faith so well be safe.A world where pain and sorrow will be ended. And every heart thats broken will hemended. And well remember we are all Gods children. Reaching out to touchyou, Reaching to the sky.
We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above. We hope each soul will findanother soul to love. Let this be our prayer, just like every child.Who needs to find a place, guide us with your grace. Give us faith so well be safe.Needs to find a place, guide us with your grace. Give us faith so well be safeI pray youll be our eyes, and watch us where we go. And help us to be wise in timeswhen we dont know. Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way. Lead us to theplace, guide us with your grace. To a place where well be safe.
I pray we Il find your light, and hold it in our hearts. When stars go out each night,Remind us where you are. Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day. Help usfind a place, guide us with your grace. Give us faith so well be safeA world where pain and sorrow will be ended. And every heart thats broken will hemended. And well remember we are all Gods children. Reaching out to touch you,Reaching to the skyWe ask that life be kind, and watch us from above. We hope each soul will findanother soul to love. Let this be our prayer, just like every child.Who needs to find a place, guide us with your grace. Give us faith so well be safeNeeds to find a place, guide us with your grace. Give us faith so well be safe
Sung by congregationand choir. Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller & Jill JacksLet there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.With God our creator, children all are we.Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now.With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow:To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.