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Daily Prayer for Peace — 04 October

Daily Prayer for Peace — 04 October

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting the Peace 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 in our prayers we remember the people of Luxembourg (luhk·suhm·brg), a nation in western Europe landlocked between Belgium, Germany, and France. This is one the world‘s top three nations in wealth, despite its wholesale destruction during World War II, and is known for its fairy tale-like beauty and charm.

Scripture Reading—Ezekiel 37:26-27

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless[a] them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.  My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Prayer for Peace

Eula Stoynoff

O God and Creator,

We come humbly with thankful hearts, recognizing your blessing and your love. Though we might sit peacefully in the safety of one place, we are mindful that not all who pray at this hour are in places of peace or safety. Forgive us if we have become self-satisfied and indifferent to the sufferings and despair in our world. Bring us back to the reality of purpose, to become a people of peace, reaching out with love and compassion.

May this prayer be joined with those other prayers throughout the world, bringing peoples and nations together for peace. As the flame of the peace candle brightly burns so may the spirit of peace and love be rekindled in the hearts of all people seeking peace. May your Spirit continue to guide us to that “perfect peace,” we pray in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “In the Bulb There Is a Flower,” 561 in Community of Christ Sings

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 Luxembourg, 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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