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Daily Prayer for Peace — 16 May

Daily Prayer for Peace — 16 May

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where we are called to, “above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3b

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Nigeria, located located on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, this country has been referred to as the “Giant of Africa” due to its large population as well as economy. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and seventh most populous country in the world.

Scripture Reading—Ephesians 1:15-19

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

Prayer for Peace

Author: Glenn Johnson

God of moments, God of days, open our eyes and expand our vision that we may in this moment and on this day sense the call of your peace. As the chime rings and the scripture is read, focus us now on the call of your peace. We acknowledge the truth of generational privilege and deprivation, of unjust outcomes hidden in subtle differences in the way people are treated. We repent for the human sins of slavery, colonialism, intolerance, and greed. 

Help us find reconciliation with one another, between people externally defined by differences and yet inwardly united in community as children of creation. Reconcile us to the earth which we have abused and the realities of over-consumption, unequal distribution, and thoughtless desecration of resources.

May we be prepared to repair the damage of past thoughtlessness and guilt, knowing that it is through reparations that we will find the pathway to true peace. May the example of Jesus Christ inspire new awareness of the Samaritans among us, those treated as other, different, unaccepted. May we open our hearts to profound peace based on an understanding of your universal love. Fill our hearts in this moment and on this day with your love and peace. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Come and Find the Quiet Center” number 151 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 context for our Prayers of the People 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.

Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.

Pause.

O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.

Pause.

O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.

Pause.

O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Nigeria, the country we pray for today.

Pause.

O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.

Pause.

O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Live simply. Value others.

Honor the earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.

Go in peace.


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