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Daily Prayer for Peace — 06 October

Daily Prayer for Peace — 06 October

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of the Peace Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Armenia, a nation in Western Asia. It lies in the highlands surrounding the mountains of Ararat. This ancient country became the first officially Christian nation in 301 AD.

Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 161:1b

Claim your unique and sacred place within the circle of those who call upon the name of Jesus Christ. Be faithful to the spirit of the Restoration, mindful that it is a spirit of adventure, openness, and searching. Walk proudly and with a quickened step. Be a joyful people. Laugh and play and sing, embodying the hope and freedom of the gospel.

Prayer for Peace

Charles Kornman

Eternal God who dwells in the heavens

and in the hearts of your people:

Today I walked across the shadow of the cross.

It seemed to lay a blessing on everything I’ve ever thought,

everything I've ever said, everything I’ve ever done.

Everything. And the future seems to glow with peace because of that shadow.

Now, I can’t undo the deeds I’ve done.

I can’t unsay the words I’ve said.

I can’t unthink the thoughts I’ve thought.

But the blessing of that shadow lays across my future. And I find myself forgiven, cleansed, renewed and sent forth to proclaim your peace to a world that knows so little of that peace.

When shame would bind me and unworthiness hobble me, let me feel your freeing commission?

“Go! Proclaim my freedom and I will make you truly free.”

Amen.

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “O God in Whom All Life Begins,” 508 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 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 Armenia, 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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