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Daily Prayer for Peace — 08 September

Daily Prayer for Peace — 08 September
  

Czech Republic—map 

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer (9 chimes)

Lighting of Candle 

Invitation 

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”  

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c 

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Czech Republic (chek ruh-puh-bluhk), located in Central Europe bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland. On 1 January 1993, the former country of Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved, with its constituent states becoming the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3a-b 

You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ to be relationally and culturally incarnate. The hope of Zion is realized when the vision of Christ is embodied in communities of generosity, justice, and peacefulness. Above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace. 

Prayer for Peace 

Author: Herschel R. Green 

Creator and grantor of peace, we, your wandering children stand in great need. We need your guidance and your help. Help us-to understand what it is that blocks our achievement of peace. Help us to know how to respond to that which blocks peace and help us to respond effectively. Help us-with wisdom and understanding when we meet what we do not understand on our journey toward peace. Help us realize that you have placed the secret of peace within us. Help us experience inner peace. Most of all, make us know that peace throughout the world begins with the experience of peace with you and peace within each of our own lives. Amen. 

Hymn 

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Too Often, God, Your Name Is Used” number 342 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 342. 

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, ultimately, the planet. 

Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people. 

[Pause.] 

Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace. 

[Pause.] 

Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace. 

[Pause.] 

Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including Czech Republic, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace. 

[Pause.] 

Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace. 

[Pause.] 

May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen. 

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth 

As we depart in joy, 

Confront injustices, 

Be part of transformations toward peace, and 

Generate hope for the world. 

Go in peace. 

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