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Daily Prayer for Peace — 06 June

Daily Prayer for Peace — 06 June

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Guatemala, a nation in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and the waters of the Pacific and Carribean. It is the most populous state in Central America. Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization.

Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:9 NRSV

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Prayer for Peace

Glenn Johnson

O God our source, we enter into this time of Daily Prayer for Peace desiring to find peace in the quiet and the noise of daily living. When we feel isolated and alone, may we hear the words: “peace be upon you.” May you breathe your spirit upon us.

We long for the day when the temple doors will be open wide, and the prayers of the people will echo up the lofty spire where we gather. Until that time, fill us with your peace that we may be ambassadors of your peace. Teach us the ways of justice and prepare us inwardly for righteous living that we might be agents of change for the Earth and the dispossessed of the Earth.

Forgive us when we stray from living in accord with divine will. Open us to repair relationships and bridge the barriers between peoples. And once again, open our ears, soften our hearts, and strengthen our minds that we might hear, feel and know these words: “Peace be upon you.”

Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Oh, How Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” number 378 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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.

Pause.

God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.

Pause.

God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.

Pause.

God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Guatemala, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.

Pause.

God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.

Pause.

May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.

To motivate us to work for peace.

Go in peace.


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