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Daily Prayer for Peace — 19 October

Daily Prayer for Peace — 19 October

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Bangladesh, a nation in South Asia situated at the apex of the Bay of Bengal.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 4:3-8 NRSV

But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;

  the Lord hears when I call to him.

When you are disturbed, do not sin;

  ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Offer right sacrifices,

  and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!

  Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

You have put gladness in my heart

  more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;

  for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Prayer for Peace

Margaret A. Shupe

Almighty God, today we come into your presence with reverence and in joy. Thank you for meeting us in this hallowed place. May each person worship you in gratitude. May each person, who is searching, know your peace.

Our prayer today is for promises that we have made to individuals, between groups, and with you.

We pray for promises made to friends, vows of marriage spoken at altars, contracts signed in business, oaths pledged with loyalty.

We repent promises broken. We seek strength for promises kept.

We pray for by-laws agreed by communities, for customs understood in societies, for treaties signed between governments, for alliances created among nations.

We repent promises broken. We seek strength for promises kept.

We pray for covenants made with you, dear Lord, for guidance to follow your path, for faith to remain steadfast, for courage to be your people.

We repent promises broken, We seek strength for promises kept.

Your promises, Lord, are lasting and true. May we also speak and live words of sacred honor. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Holy Spirit, Come with Power,” number 46 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 the planet.

Within all aspects of our lives and our world exist situations and conditions that need the healing touch of the Holy. Will you join with me to listen to the voice that speaks peace to each of us from beyond the farthest hills, from the infinite heavens above, and the vast seas below?

Pause.

Listen to the voice that invites you to surrender your fears and frustrations, anger, and anxieties, and to await with an open heart the peace that only Christ can bring. Allow the one who seeks only the best for you to offer the comfort you seek.

Pause.

Listen to the voice that whispers the invitation to reconciliation with those whose lives, words, decisions, or actions have wounded you. May you find space in your heart for healing to occur in your relationships with brothers and sisters, as well as your enemies.

Pause.

Listen to the voice that calls all into unity and oneness. We remember all nations, including Bangladesh, the country we pray for today. May we be attuned to hear the cries for mercy, forgiveness and generosity. Listen to the one who reminds us that in the welfare of another resides our own well-being.

Pause.

Listen to the voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. The Earth shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of our greed and conflicts. Listen to creation which struggles to provide life to the seas, the hills, and the heavens above.

Pause.

May the one who spoke calm to the storm and stilled the waves with a word, bring peace to us and through us. May we be among those whose lives whisper, shout, and proclaim peace to those far and near for the sake of God’s shalom. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Be witnesses of hope,

Shed tears for injustice, and

Make a difference in the world.

Go in peace.


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