June 14, 2012 Pentecost – the eighteenth day

The second chapter of Acts reminds us that the new and fragile Christian community was sharing the peace with one another …

And so do we not only on Pentecost, not only on Sundays, but in all places and times. To pass the peace we share these words, some from the book Gifts in Open Hands: More Worship Resources for the Global Community (ed Tirabassi and Eddy, The Pilgrim Press, 2011) and some newly written for this blog by some of the one hundred and forty-seven contributors to this collection.

In this way do we pass the peace —

The following is the commitment prayer that we all say together at the Shalom Center/Centro Shalom of the Pentecostal Church of Chile to seal our community covenant.  We use the words for peace in English (peace) Spanish (Paz) Hebrew (Shalom) and Guarani (Py’aguapy) each with their special cultural view and context of peace.  The Guarani word (Guaraní is the language of Paraguay) literally means “tranquil stomach.”  Think of the first place one feels the lack of peace!  It is also a word that points to justice and community:  when all of us are well fed and our stomach are at ease, then we know peace.

 Compromiso Shalom            Shalom Commitment

Paz, peace, py’aguapy.
Me comprometo, Señor, a buscar:
La sanidad de mi relación contigo.
La sanidad de mi relación conmigo misma.
La sanidad de mi relación con otros.
La sanidad de mi relación con toda tu  creación.
¡SHALOM!
Paz, peace, py’aguapy.
I commit, Lord, to searching for:
The healing of my relationship with you.
The healing of my relationship with myself.
The healing of my relationship with others.
The healing of my relationship with all your creation.
¡SHALOM!

Elena Huegel, Chile

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