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Daily Prayer for Peace — 09 November

Burundimap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time for prayer.  The “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 Burundi (buh-ruun-dee), a nation in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.

Scripture Reading—Alma 16:219, 222

Humble yourselves, and continue in prayer to him; cry to him when you are in your fields, and over all your flocks; cry to him in your houses, and over all your household, morning, midday, and evening; cry to him against the power of your enemies; cry to him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness. And when you do not cry to the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer to him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.

Prayer for Peace

Patricia Pfann

I pray a prayer for peace, dear Lord;

Peace for the fearful,

Peace for the troubled,

Peace for the down-trodden,

Peace for the war-torn,

Peace for the wounded.

I pray a prayer for peace dear Lord;

Peace for the forgotten,

Peace for the abandoned,

Peace for the homeless,

Peace for the hungry,

Peace for the unwanted.

I pray a prayer for peace dear Lord;

Peace for the hopeless,

Peace for the ignored,

Peace for the abused,

Peace for the sad,

Peace for the ill.

I pray a prayer for peace dear Lord;

Peace for the powerful,

Peace for the successful,

Peace for the careful,

Peace for the happy,

Peace for the loved.

I pray a prayer for peace dear Lord;

Peace for your children,

Peace for the world.

I pray a prayer for peace dear Lord,

In the name of thy son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Humble Yourself” number 211 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.

Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?

Pause.

God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”

Pause.

Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”

Pause.

Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Burundi, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”

Pause.

Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”

Pause.

We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Make every breath one of thanksgiving;

Make every deed a channel of justice;

Make every thought a peaceful one;

Go in peace.

Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)



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