Lord, while the world with war and hatred burns,
we skim across the surface of concerns
and though we pray for peace in Jesus' name,
we lack so often urgency and shame.
Forgive your church its calm pursuit of peace,
from idleness of will our lives release;
for justice make us hungry, help us reach
with all our passion for the good of each.
Speak through our voice protesting at the skill
and science used to cripple and to kill.
Weep with our tears, as every weapon made
robs yet another child of human bread.
Cause anger, Lord, to rise within our soul,
as all that you intended to be whole
and full of joy is trampled underfoot
by dint of war-machine and soldier's boot.
Teach us to use this anger and our will
to sweep away the forces out to kill
the life, the love you had of old in mind;
we pledge our word: we are for humankind!