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Daily Prayer for Peace — 18 October

Daily Prayer for Peace — 18 October

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting the Peace Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Thailand (TAHY-land), a nation in Southeast Asia at the center of the Indochinese peninsula. It is known for tropical beaches, royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate Buddhist temples.

Scripture Reading—Hebrews 4:14-16

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Prayer for Peace

Ken Simpson

God of peace and compassion, God of all time, and of eternity before and beyond time; we praise you for your creative genius and for your patience with us, your creation, the objects of your love expressed in the life and ministry of your son, Jesus Christ.

In our humanness we have created many artificial boundaries to contain our existence. We have found in those moments and on those occasions when we have been pressed to the extremity of our existence there have opened to us new vistas of still expanding relationships with you, enlarged understandings of your purposes in us.

In this time of quiet reflection, we seek the presence of your Divine Spirit to enable us to transcend the barriers of race, gender, nation, and creed. May we come before you as children of Earth you love. We would join our hearts with your children everywhere in your world, raising our collective voices in a unified prayer for peace—in all lands, in each home, in every heart.

In the manner chosen by you, may the manifestation of the cleansing love of your presence flow into the very center of our beings, and let every soul become aware of your love and concern, and aware of our unity through your creation. In this experience of Divine Presence, may we turn with renewed vigor to the pursuit of peace at every level of our human endeavor: international relations, national governments, community building, family harmony, personal companionships.

May peace be our goal and our agenda. This is our prayer, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “How Deep the Silence of the Soul,” 165 in Community of Christ Sings

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 Thailand, 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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