invocation after a tragedy

In the face of terrible tragedy

We are in anguish.

We feel helpless, drowning

in tears we can’t extinguish.

Let our sorrow power our resolve

to work at bettering our world,

to protect the victims involved,

as our banner of care is unfurled.

Let determination and our skills

Ensure injustice is defeated,

and that peace is fulfilled,

so such tragedy is never repeated.

 

 

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Invocation for peace

We have been shattered into pieces

divisive patter has demeaned us

Let’s commit to redeem peace around us.

In this room

In this city,

Let our faith bloom in the gritty places

Among all creeds and races.

Let our Rotary service

shine to all who observe us.

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For free use within Rotary.  Please give acknowledge Shawn Bird of Shuswap Rotary as the author when you present the invocation.  Please also leave a message for her in the comments so others know where and when this invocation has been used.

(First published on ShawnBird.com November 9, 2016)

Calm

In times of fear and panic,

Let us be a force of calm.

Let those who are trembling,

find us safe to lean upon.

May we be the voice of reason.

May we comfort the oppressed.

May we show our compassion

to those who’re most distressed.

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Free for use in Rotary Clubs.  Please credit Shawn Bird of Shuswap Rotary (5060 BC Canada) when you use it, and leave a note in the comments below so folks know where it’s been used.  Thanks.

February Peace Invocation

February 2016 is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month in Rotary.

We believe

conflict is inevitable

but so is peace.

We believe

Rotarians are able

to provide relief.

We believe

there can be resolution

as each of us makes

our own contribution

we can help conflict

cease.

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(2016) Shawn Bird.

For free use within Rotary, but please credit me, and leave a note so we know where the invocation was used.

Invocation- warm hearts

February is a time for warm hearts

To welcome peace and set a part

a portion of our love and grace,

thankful for this special place,

thankful for those gathered here,

thankful for Rotary work, far and near.

 

(c) Shawn Bird 2016  Free use with Rotary.  Please credit Shawn when you share this in your club; as well, please leave a comment to let us know your club  and when you intend to use it.  With thanks.

invocation- young voices

We say good bye to our ambassadors

young voices raised in farewell to their homelands

embarking on adventures in a new land.

New friends, new food, new realities

new dreams, new wishes, new knowledge.

Let us be thankful for the safe harbour of home

and let us be thankful for the journey to the unknown

Let us be thankful for the journeys that our Rotary Exchange Students

embark upon, and the many voices that bring knowledge,

understanding, and peace to the world.

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When my daughter departed on her year in Spain, I was fearful.  I had had a wonderful year as a Rotary Exchange student in Finland, so I had faith in the process, but I am a mother, so I worried about her safety: bombs, rapists, pick pockets, that sort of thing.  I claimed this quote, and quietly accepted that the most important part of parenting is letting go.  

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

~John Augustus Shedd