Community of Christ

Daily Prayer for Peace — 11 January

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space which “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Jordan, a nation in Western Asia on the East Bank of the Jordan River. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Palestine and the Dead and Red Seas. It is located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 4:4-8, NRSV

When you are disturbed, do not sin;

  ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah!

Offer right sacrifices,

  and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!

  Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

You have put gladness in my heart

  more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;

  for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Prayer for Peace

Gloria Mitchell

God, we have set this time apart to come before you with our songs and prayers of peace.

We have called you by many names: Exalted, Most High, Creator, and Holy One, but whatever the name we give you pales in comparison to the works you have wrought. You have created vast numbers of people and things we really don't know. This awareness of our limits, our lack of understanding of all you are, is reflected through our faith in your goodness and vast love.

Today our prayer of peace is for a country we know little of, but faith allows us to offer a prayer of peace for the people who fish and farm, who live among the desert and mountains; in a country so vastly different, yet similar.

God, we recognize our similarities when we know all people strive for a good life in whatever way they can. Creator, please bless our similarities and more specifically our differences. Help us build bridges of love and understanding. Help us come to fully appreciate and incorporate your greatest commandment of all: to love one another.

Our prayer this day is for peace among all nations and people throughout the world.

We pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is 224 in Community of Christ Sings, “O May Your Church Build Bridges.” Please 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, 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, co-workers, 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 including Jordan, the country for which we pray this day. 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—both 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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