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Daily Prayer for Peace — 14 May

Daily Prayer for Peace — 14 May

Ugandamap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of 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 Uganda, located in East Africa with a diverse landscape that encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. The ancestors of the Ugandans were hunter-gatherers until 1,700-2,300 years ago.

Scripture Reading—1 Timothy 6:17-19

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Prayer for Peace

Author: Charles Kornman

Eternal and merciful God,

Hear our prayer for peace.

We sense that we are called to celebrate peace.

In our minds and hearts we feel that celebration is for something past or something achieved.

Help us, our God, to celebrate your promise of peace.

The world you created cries out in anguish, “When will I rest from the wickedness among my children?”

We answer, “Celebrate with us God’s promise of peace. With us look for evidences of peace.”

Help us, our God, to celebrate your promise of peace.

The stones cry out in bitter anguish at humankind’s inhumanity to itself.

Along with you, stones of the earth, we listen as our Lord and Master speaks, “My peace I long to give to you.” Join with us, you mighty rocks, as we open our hearts and souls and minds and ears to God’s holiness.

Help us, our God, to celebrate your promise of peace.

Teach us O God, how to live in peace,

how to walk in peace.

how to love in peace,

how to be at peace.

May we, this day, truly celebrate with you your promise of peace.

Amen and amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “For Thy Gracious Blessing” number 126 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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.

Pause.

God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.

Pause.

God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.

Pause.

God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Uganda, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.

Pause.

God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.

Pause.

May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.

To motivate us to work for peace.

Go in peace.


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