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Daily Prayer for Peace — 20 August

Daily Prayer for Peace — 20 August

Fijimap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Fiji, a nation in the South Pacific. Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands famous for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons.

Scripture Reading—Galatians 6:2, 9-10

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill[a] the law of Christ. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.  So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Prayer for Peace

Doris Ross

O Father, God of all creation; you sent us your son, the Prince of Peace. He came to teach the peaceful way, that we might grow to be more like him; that countries and kingdoms would know compassion and fairness within their boundaries; that kings and presidents would open their hearts and souls to make this world a better place to live. Grant us thy strength and wisdom, Lord, to live, to teach peace to our children, our friends, our communities and our nation. Please open the hearts of our children to be leaders of love, compassion, and peace among all of God’s creatures. Direct our eyes and ears to see, hear, and know the fullness of Christ, the gift of love and peace. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Hymn

The hymn for today is “Let the Truth Shine in Our Speaking,” 322 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 Fiji, 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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