Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 3:00pm

This year’s Holy Innocents Prayer Service for Peace will emphasize compassionate caring for children.   We will raise our prayers, and strengthen our resolve to end war in Afghanistan, prevent war against Iran, seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Palestine/Israel and insist that “War is not the answer.”

Organized by Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace. We are inviting co-sponsors to help organize, publicize and attend the event.

This ecumenical service is one of a series organized over the last several years by the D.M. Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace.  This is a time to lament the terrible losses of war, pray for peace, and re-commit ourselves to the cause of peace-making in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and worldwide.

We pray for peace on the occasion of the “Feast of the Holy Innocents,” which has its roots in the Christmas story recounted in the Book of Matthew, 2:16-18: “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men.  Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:  ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’”

The service will emphasize deeply that all children need peace.  The purposes of the service are to remember the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem, ask for God’s mercy upon innocent victims everywhere, call upon God’s great might to frustrate the designs of evil, and pray for the coming of justice, love and peace on earth.   We will pray to strengthen our resolve to act against war.

Being a cosponsor:  We ask co-sponsors to “lend their good names,” help organize, promote and publicize the prayer service, and help bring people to the prayer service.  Financial contributions of $25-50 to help cover expenses are greatly appreciated, but not required.  

To reply or for more information:  call Chet Guinn at 282-8054, send email to ecranke@mchsi.com, or send “snail mail” to Chet at 1041-8th St., Des Moines, Iowa  50314.  Deadline to be listed in the program as a co-sponsor is Wednesday, December 12th.