Community of Christ

Daily Prayer for Peace — 15 April

Daily Prayer for Peace — 15 April

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.”  “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Philippines, a nation in Southeast Asia. This country is comprised of more than 7,000 islands in the Western Pacific.

Scripture Reading—Luke 19:41-42 NRSV

As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

Prayer for Peace

Steve Bolie

Challenging God,

Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). But this goes against our human impulse

 to strike back,

 to fight our enemies,

 to win at all costs.

Why do you challenge us to do the impossible?

How can we love ones who

 hate us,

 threaten us,

 seek to harm us, and

 would destroy all we hold dear?

But wait. Is it a commandment or an invitation?

We are created by love and for love.

That is the true human impulse.

You invite us to live our true nature.

This is the way to joy and peace.

You incite us to acts of love rather than acts of violence.

Help us, in the name of Jesus Christ,

 to love when we would rather hate.

Help us live in the ways of peace,

Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is 465 in Community of Christ Sings, “Filled with Excitement.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 465.

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 the planet.

Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.

Pause.

Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.

Pause.

Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.

Pause.

Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including Philippines, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.

Pause.

God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.

Pause.

May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.

Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.

Go in peace.

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