A WorldWide Perspective on Peace (Dramatic Reading)

Please read the note at the bottom if you wish to use this liturgy in a church or other context

 

 

[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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