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Daily Prayer for Peace — 13 April

Daily Prayer for Peace — 13 April

Bruneimap

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 Brunei (broo-NAHY), a nation on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Brunei is known as the Abode of Peace.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 82:2-4, 8 NRSV

“How long will you judge unjustly

  and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

Give justice to the weak and the orphan;

  maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

Rescue the weak and the needy;

  deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Rise u, O God, judge the Earth; for all the nations belong to you!

Prayer for Peace

Betty Williams

O God of mercy grant us wisdom to understand the need for Peace around this world.

Help us in our area of living to have patience and compassion and be willing to forgive others as you forgave us.

You have taught us to love our neighbor as ourselves, help us to be healers and instruments for reconciliation.

We pray that you will give us strength and courage to help others on the road to peace. Help us to take the lead

against discrimination against greed and against the evils of this world. Help us to recognize where You want

us to go about doing Your work and have incite to the needs of the people around us. In Jesus name. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is 627 in Community of Christ Sings, “God Forgave My Sin in Jesus' Name.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 627.

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 Brunei, 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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