August 10 – August 18, 2019
For your use in corporate worship, personal devotions and other settings, BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz offers the following free resources centered on the themes of peace and justice. For a list of organizations we partner with, please click here.
Resources for Pentecost
The Promise of Pentecost (PDF)
A collection of worship materials for Pentecost Sunday. Includes a litany, prayers, a meditation, and more.
An Impartial God (PDF)
A sermon on Pentecost from Rev. Douglas Avilesbernal, former pastor of Partner Congregation Calvary Baptist Church in Norristown, PA.
Too Much of a Good Thing: A Transgender Challenge for Pentecost
A sermon by Russ Dean, co-pastor of Partner Congregation Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.
Prayers, Litanies & Meditations
NEW! A Prayer for September 11 (PDF)
Written by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, pastor of Burien Community Church in Burien, WA
Ashes, Stones & Flowers: A litany of Rebirth - for Veterans of War, Terrorism & Torture (PDF)
A litany for Veteran's Day.
Prayer for the World (PDF)
Written by Katie Cook and read by her during the Summer Conference evening worship on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Katie is the editor of the BPFNA quarterly magazine Baptist Peacemaker.
A Brief History of Mother's Day (PDF)
An informative bulletin insert that educates on the origin of Mother's Day in the US, especially on Julia Ward Howe's idea to mobilize women as agents of resistance against policies leading to injustice and war.
A Faithful Witness (PDF)
The testimony of scripture and of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Litany for Peacemakers (PDF)
Written for BPFNA's 2003 ABCUSA Peace Breakfast by Revs. Carol McVetty and Doug Harris, copastors of North Shore Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois. Bulletin insert layout.
A Meditation in Time of War (PDF)
A short meditation piece from PeaceWay, a ministry of Christian nonviolence based in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Suitable for use as a bulletin insert and adaptable to other uses.
Memorial prayer for September 11 (PDF)
Rev. David Reed-Brown, serving the First Baptist Church, Essex, Connecticut, at the time, wrote this prayer for an interfaith memorial service on September 11, 2003.
'Not By Might' (PDF)
A meditation on the use of power by Ken Sehested. Bulletin insert layout.
'Sing for Peace' (PDF)
A litany for leader and people, calling on God's presence in a world filled with violence and war. Quotes statistics from many world conflicts over the past 100 years.
Written by BPFNA Founding Director Ken Sehested and inspired by late poet Seamus Heaney
NEW! We Open to the Possibility of Peace (PDF)
Written by Bruce Sanguin from If Darwin Prayed.
All of Life is Filled with Wonder (PDF)
A hymn about being Thankful. Perfect for Thanksgiving. Tune: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824 ("Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"); Alternative Tune: IN BABILONE 220.127.116.11.D ("There's a Wideness in God's Mercy") Text: Copyright © 2010 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Find more of Carolyn's hymns at www.carolynshymns.com.
No More Drones
A hymn by Douglas Norton about the horror of war and drones. Words © 2013 Doug Norton Tune: Beach Spring, The Sacred Harp, 1844 Harmonization: The New Century Hymnal, 1992 Verses 1-3: melody and drone on F only; verse 4: all melody or 4-part harmony.
Tune: Siyahamba (South African tune); Text: Paula Meador Testerman
Monographs & Bible Studies
How to Preach on Peace (without resorting to violence) (PDF)
Practical suggestions for cultivating a congregation of peacemakers, from Rev. Kyle Childress, pastor of Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nagadoches, Texas.
St. Peter and the Jerusalem Protocol (PDF)
Commentary on Biblical fidelity and sexual orientation by Ken Sehested.
Surfacing and Analyzing Conflict (PDF)
A Bible study on the ministry of conflict transformation by Daniel L. Buttry.
By the Waters of Babylon: How the People of God Come to Terms with Their Oppressors
A four-part study by Rev. Cam Watts, pastor of Aylmer Baptist Church, Aylmer, Ontario, and originally delivered as part of BPFNA's 2005 conference, "For the Healing of the Nations".
A series of monographs available to churches to use in their ministries. These monographs are valuable tools that support churches in creating faithful and effective ministries on specific peace and justice issues, answering questions they may have on the issues and providing resources and contacts for seeking additional information.
- What Your Church Can Do About...Gang Violence (PDF)
- What Your Church Can Do ABout...Gun Violence (PDF)
- Lo que tu Iglesia Puede Hacer Violencia Familiar (PDF)
- What Your Church Can Do About Climate Change (PDF)
- What Your Church Can Do About Human Trafficking (PDF)
- What Your Church Can Do About Migrant Justice (PDF)
Peaceteacher: Jesus' Way of Shalom
New, revised study guides in English and Spanish for Stephen D. Jones' book.
Jesus as Peaceteacher offers his followers vision, wholeness, sacrifice and fufillment as the way to the Shalom of God for individuals and the world. Those who follow the way of shalom, “shall go out in joy and be led back in peace, the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isa 55:12)
- Peaceteacher: Jesus' Way of Shalom (PDF)
- COMING SOON! Maestro de Paz: Jesús, el Camino al Shalom