The Peace

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What the Peace is for and how to use it:

  • time to get straight with God before coming to communion (so you may need to be on your own, perhaps grappling with something from the sermon);
  • time to get straight with other people before coming to communion (so you may need to go and make your peace, or ask forgiveness from someone at the other end of the church). This is what the Prayer Book calls being 'in love and charity with your neighbours';
  • time to share with others something for prayer (so you may need to ask one of the leaders for the laying on of hands for healing, or some other individual ministry, later in the service);
  • time to share with others something for praise (so you may have something that God has been doing with you during the week that will contribute to the praise of the whole church);
  • time to greet people you do not know (so you may need to help someone else, perhaps someone new to the church, feel part of the Christian family at communion, rather than greeting only your close friends);
  • time to be sensitive to the mood of others (so you may need to refrain from approaching someone who is clearly putting themselves right with God).