Community of Christ

Daily Prayer for Peace — 29 March

Daily Prayer for Peace — 29 March

Vietnam—map

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.

Today is Maundy Thursday. In our prayers we remember the people of Vietnam, a nation on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Archaeological excavations have revealed the existence of humans in what is now Vietnam as early as the Paleolithic age. Homo erectus fossils dating to around 500,000 BC have been found in caves in northern Vietnam.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 116:1-2, 5 NRSV

I love the Lord, because he has heard

  my voice and my supplications.

Because he inclined his ear to me,

  therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

  our God is merciful.

Prayer for Peace

Susan Dayle Deitsch

We know the part we play…each and every day…

To heal the brokenness of humankind.

Lend a helping hand…feed the hungry man…

Mend the separation of the mind.

Crying in the night…we may start to see the light…

The beauty and the balance of the Earth.

All creation is our home…earth, water, star, and stone…

Love is the cradle of our birth.

Let walls crumble down…where barriers abound…

And hands touch in kinship never known.

Let joy and laughter break…from the music that we make…

In the voices of freedom we have grown.

You lift us up indeed…as we cast the tiny seed…

Of respect and peace across the universe and into space.

None is more or less…all have sacredness…

As each person finds their purpose, path, and place.

God’s spirit now descends…enemies changed to friends…

The spiral expands, embracing all.

Hear us as we plead…from confusion to be freed…

And move us toward peace as our call.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is 458 in Community of Christ Sings, “Were You There.” Please sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text.

Prayers of the People

As we enter a time of guided prayer, meditation, and musical reflection, you are invited to offer silent prayers or meditate during the moments of quiet. The context for our Prayers of the People begin with ourselves and move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation.

Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace. Silently join your heart with the Divine One’s.

Pause.

O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that impact our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.

Pause.

O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.

Pause.

O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women, and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking for all nations, including Vietnam, the country for which we pray this day.

Pause.

O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.

Pause.

O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Live simply. Value others.

Honor the Earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.

Go in peace.

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