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Daily Prayer for Peace — 03 August

Daily Prayer for Peace — 03 August

Saint Kitts and Nevismap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis, a nation in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Scripture Reading—Colossians 3:12-17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Prayer for Peace

Steve Bolie

Silent God. Sometimes we mistake your silence for absence or we feel we have been ignored. Instead, your silence is calling us to be silent and know you. In silence we hear you speak your message of peace. You move us from the measurement of life into living life.

The noise of conflict between people fills our world. It jars our nerves and confuses us with who is right. When we think we know what is right, we tend to turn the other into the enemy. Help us see the face of God in each one and recognize the worth of each person even those with whom we disagree.

The noise of conflict between nations fills our world. Long and bitter disputes have resulted in the death and suffering of many. The resources of the world are wasted on armaments and wars while children and the poor continue to suffer. Help us be impatient for peace; help us demand that our leaders seek pathways of peace rather than reasons for war.

Lead us by the still, small voice into personal, community, and world peace. By your Spirit help us to be silent and know you. In the name of the Prince of Peace we pray. Amen.

Hymn

The hymn for today is, “Summoned by the God Who Made Us,” 330 in Community of Christ Sings. 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 Prayers of the People will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.

You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.

Pause.

God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.

God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.

God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Saint Kitts and Nevis, the country we pray for today.

Pause,

Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.

God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth

Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.

Go in peace.


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