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Daily Prayer for Peace — 15 August

Daily Prayer for Peace — 15 August

Kiribatimap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space that “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 Kiribati, a nation in the central Pacific Ocean stretching along the equator.

Scripture Reading—John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Prayer for Peace

M. Carolyn Dollins

Today, O God, we acknowledge you as our spiritual origin. Favor us with your attentive ear while we pray.

Lord, by our presence we profess our faith in you. We are a collective body of people, yet we are individuals who have need of your blessings and so we lay before you—

            Our cares, that you will lighten them.

            Our anxieties, that you would still them.

            Our hopes and desires, may your will be done and not our own.

            Our sins, that you would forgive them.

            Our thoughts, that you would purify them.

            Our whole life, that we can leave this earth better than we found it.

            Our prayer time, that we may be close to you as a parent, to confide in, to take our discomforts to, and share our joys with.

            Our quiet time, may we learn to listen.

May all who have gathered here be blessed with a measure of your peace for there is “enough and to spare.” This is our prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Hymn

The hymn for today is, “The Wedding Guests Were Waiting,” 37 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 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, coworkers, 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. We remember all nations, including Kiribati, the country we pray for today. 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—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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