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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 where “God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Micronesia, located in the western Pacific Ocean. Micronesia is comprised of thousands of small islands.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14

O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

  you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down,

  and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,

  O LORD, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before,

  and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

  it is so high that I cannot attain it.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;

  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

  Wonderful are your works;

that I know very well.

Prayer for Peace

Author: Barb Kernohan

Creator of the Prince of Peace, we come seeking your presence.

We call on you to help us be instruments of Peace.

Peace in our homes and within ourselves.

Peace within our communities.

            Make us instruments of Peace.

Peace within our families near and far.

Peace within our communities.

            Make us instruments of Peace.

Peace within our country.

Peace be within all the countries in our World.

            Make us instruments of Peace.

Let the peaceable Kingdom begin with us.

May our peaceable actions ripple far and near.

May we be your hands and feet.

May we be a voice for good and not evil.

Let it begin with us.

In the Name of the Prince of Peace, your son Jesus the Living Christ.

Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “I Know Not What the Future Hath” number 246 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 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 Micronesia, 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. 

Susan Naylor, DPP@CofChrist.org



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