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Daily Prayer for Peace — 19 December

Daily Prayer for Peace — 19 December

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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 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 Uruguay (YOO+ruh+gwy), located in the southeastern region of South America. Uruguay borders Argentina, Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean. Uruguay is the smallest country on this continent, and provides a progressive, stable, safe and gifted culture.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 96:11-13

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

  let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

  let the field exult, and everything in it.

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

   before the Lord; for he is coming,

  for he is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

  and the peoples with his truth.

Prayer for Peace

Pam Robison

God’s tears fall

but we don’t see.

God’s voice calls

but we don’t hear.

Forgive our blindness,

our deafness, God.

Give us courage

to see your tears

and staunch the wounds…

to hear your voice

and act in response.

For if not us,

then who?

We claim your name…

your promises…

your love.

Give us knowledge to know

this is not just for us—

but for all.

Give us courage to act

for our brothers and sisters

with no voice…

no hope.

May we be healers…

bringers of your shalom…

your wholeness for the world.

Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “We Lift Our Voices,” number 618 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 then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.

Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?

Pause.

God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”

Pause.

Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”

Pause.

Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Uruguay, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”

Pause.

Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”

Pause.

We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Make every breath one of thanksgiving;

Make every deed a channel of justice;

Make every thought a peaceful one;

Go in peace.


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