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Daily Prayer for Peace — 20 December

Daily Prayer for Peace — 20 December

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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 where “God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Bolivia, a nation in western-Central South America. Bolivia is the largest landlocked country in the Americas. The Andean mountain range occupies a third of this nation.

Scripture Reading—Luke 1:47-55

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

  and holy is his name.

 His mercy is for those who fear him

  from generation to generation.

 He has shown strength with his arm;

  he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

  and lifted up the lowly;

 he has filled the hungry with good things,

  and sent the rich away empty.

 He has helped his servant Israel,

  in remembrance of his mercy,

 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

  to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Prayer for Peace

Marge Carson

Our Father,

Our lives flow on, lifted by currents built of our own actions. We feel the currents of sin, tugging at our frail crafts and cry out to you Lord to give us the strength to break through the whirlpools and to bring us to the calm waters of peace.

Our agency over our lives is our equipment, our faith allows us to know the way, and our great happiness at finding calm waters comes from being able to accomplish more, because we no longer must flail against the treacherous and unknown currents.

We pray that we will be able to reach the calm waters of life, and that in doing so our every action will be of peace, and we will have a strong and stable base from which we can work and bring others across the shoals to join us in peaceful waters.

In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Canticle of the Turning,” number 404 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, 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 Bolivia, 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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