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Daily Prayer for Peace — 13 February

Daily Prayer for Peace — 13 February

Argentinamap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

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 Argentina. This nation in the Southern Cone is the second-largest country in South America and the largest Spanish-speaking one.

Scripture Reading—Isaiah 58:11-12 NRSV

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

Prayer for Peace

Bill Bedwell

Our Father who art in heaven,

Holy is your name,

Holy is the name of your Son, our Savior.

In this sacred space, built as our humble gift to you, we seek your peace.

Not only peace between nations, we seek peace within all your creation, and we seek the peace within our souls.

Lord, this holy space is dedicated to the pursuit of peace. We recognize that your Son, Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Lord, we ask for an excitation of our souls and total acceptance of the leading of the Holy Spirit within us and for us.

Lord God, it is my desire that I, individually, and we, your children can indeed dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of peace and the building of your kingdom.

These things we pray in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is 159 in Community of Christ Sings, “Santo, santo, santo.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 159.

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.

Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.

Pause.

God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?

Pause.

Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.

Pause.

Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Argentina, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.

Pause.

God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.

Pause.

Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

May blessings of peace

Be realized today

Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.

Go in peace.


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