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Daily Prayer for Peace — 02 September

Daily Prayer for Peace — 02 September
 

Vanuatu—map 

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer (9 chimes)

Lighting of Candle 

Invitation 

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space that “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”  

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b 

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Vanuatu (vaa-noo-aa-too), located in the South Pacific Ocean 1,000 miles east of northern Australia. 

Scripture Reading—Luke 18:1-8 

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.  He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.  In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’  For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone,  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’”  And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?  I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” 

Prayer for Peace 

Author: Carol Oliver Wilkins 

O Lord, our Lord, you who have designed and created us, we come before you now, to petition, to plead for the courage, the desire, and the will to search for peace. 

Help us to discover your design for peace, knowing that our design has fallen and failed when you have been excluded. 

Send your spirit, O Lord, to guide our hearts and minds along the often stormy and rocky road to a peace which will endure. 

Give us the peace of your Son, our Savior, and renew our ability to become peacemakers, reclaiming our world for him. 

Let us then move to act out, not just talk about, the peace that comes from our divine connection to you, our God, our Creator and the only true author of lasting peace. 

Now let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord our strength and our Redeemer. Amen. 

Hymn 

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Let Us Pray for One Another” number 186 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 186. 

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 Prayers of the People begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet. 

Within all aspects of our lives and our world exist situations and conditions that need the healing touch of the Holy. Will you join with me to listen to the voice that speaks peace to each of us from beyond the farthest hills, from the infinite heavens above, and the vast seas below? 

[Pause.] 

Listen to the voice that invites you to surrender your fears and frustrations, anger, and anxieties, and to await with an open heart the peace that only Christ can bring. Allow the one who seeks only the best for you to offer the comfort you seek. 

[Pause.] 

Listen to the voice that whispers the invitation to reconciliation with those whose lives, words, decisions, or actions have wounded you. May you find space in your heart for healing to occur in your relationships with brothers and sisters, as well as your enemies. 

[Pause.] 

Listen to the voice that calls all into unity and oneness. We remember all nations, including Vanuatu, the country we pray for today. May we be attuned to hear the cries for mercy, forgiveness and generosity. Listen to the one who reminds us that in the welfare of another resides our own well-being. 

[Pause.] 

Listen to the voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. The Earth shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of our greed and conflicts. Listen to creation which struggles to provide life to the seas, the hills, and the heavens above. 

[Pause.] 

May the one who spoke calm to the storm and stilled the waves with a word, bring peace to us and through us. May we be among those whose lives whisper, shout, and proclaim peace to those far and near for the sake of God’s shalom. Amen. 

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth 

Be witnesses of hope, 

Shed tears for injustice, and 

Make a difference in the world. 

Go in peace. 

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