The World Church Leadership Council will share the Daily Prayer for Peace on Zoom and Facebook as part of the online World Church Finance Board meeting.
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
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 El Salvador, a nation in Central America. This country is the smallest and most densely populated of nations in the area. Of the nearly 7 million people living there, the majority are Mestizos of European and Indigenous American descent. It is a small country that has known great violence.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 146:2, 5-8 NRSV
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
Prayer for Peace
You invite us, as disciples of Jesus Christ, to full immersion in your mission. As we worship this afternoon we experience your Holy Spirit prodding us to respond anew to your invitation. It feels doable.
Then we think about the challenges in the world. There is so much poverty to be abolished, hunger to be ended, and peace and justice to be promoted. In particular, the institutions and forces that disrupt our personal peace and threaten the Earth are so powerful. It’s all pretty overwhelming, God. So we turn to you in this prayer for peace.
Help us be immersed in Christ’s peace so that we experience peace in our hearts and minds. Lead political leaders to recognize the worth of every person in the world, whether friend or adversary, leader or citizen. Peace must be possible, because peace is from Christ. Make it so through us and because we pray in Jesus name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Louez le Seigneur !” number 106 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 this day begin with ourselves and then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.
Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.
God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?
Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.
Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including El Salvador, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.
God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.
Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.
May blessings of peace
Be realized today
Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.
Go in peace.