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[Start in a semi-circle. As each voice speaks they will move up front. Finally when Voice 4 is done speaking they will be in a straight line.]
Voice 1: [Very softly] Peace.
Voice 2: [Normal speaking voice] Peace.
Voice 3: [Shouting] Peace.
Voice 4: Let us take a look at how the different religions of the world feel about peace.
Boys: Peace is the ideal in many of the world religions.
Girls: [Softly] World religions.
Boys: Many say that peace begins on the inside.
Girls: [Softly] The inside.
Voice 4: Peace is the absence of things that weigh us down and make us forget to stop and think about how precious life is.
Voice 3: We forget about the miracle of nature.
Voice 2: Sometimes we forget about the miracle of life itself.
Voice 1: [Loudly] This is not peace.
Boys: [Softly] Not peace.
Girls: It is not peace when we feel anxious, angry, or afraid.
Boys: [Loudly] Not peace.
Voice 1: Peace happens when our hearts are truly content.
Girls: [Softly] Content.
Voice 2: Peace is an attitude that continues to prevail even if currents swirl into it.
Boys: Swirl into it.
Voice 3: Peace is when all nations and peoples unite as one.
Boys: [Softly] All nations.
Girls: [Building] All people.
All: [Loudly] All nations all people.
Voice 4: Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace, I leave you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” Later He said:
Voice 1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Boys: [Loudly] Do not be afraid.
Voice 2: These verses encourage us to break down the barriers that the world sets up around us.
Girls: [Softly] Break them down.
Voice 1: In the Qur’an it says, “In the remembrance of God do our hearts feel satisfaction.” [13.28]
Voice 2: Confucius wrote, “The Master said, ‘In the morning, hear the way, in the evening die content.’” [Analects 4.8]
Voice 3: The Buddhist believe that, “This is peace, this is excellent, namely the calm of all impulses, the casting out of all ‘biases’, the extinction of craving, dispassion, stopping, Narvana.” [Anguttara Nikaya v.322] Voice 4: The Sikhs say, “If a man sings of God and hears of Him, And lets love of God sprout within him, All his sorrows shall vanish, And in his mind, God will bestow abiding peace.” [Adi Granth, Japuji 5, M.1, p. 2] Boys: Perhaps some of the most comforting words of peace are found in the Qur’an where it says: Voice 3: “He it is who sent down peace of reassurance into the hearts of the believers, that they might add faith to their faith” [48.4] Girls: Or in the Bible where it says, “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:7] All: Or as the Jews believe, “Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on Thee, Because he trusts in thee.”
Voices 1&2: [Loudly] This is true peace.
Voices 3&4: [Normal speaking voice] This is everlasting peace.
All: [Softly] This is enduring peace.
Boys: [Shouting] Peace.
Girls: [Normal speaking voice] Peace.
All: [Whispering] Peace.
Fade into finish.
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