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Daily Prayer for Peace — 21 April

Daily Prayer for Peace — 21 April

Japan—map 

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 Japan, an island nation in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean. Japan features dense cities, palaces, mountains and thousands of shrines and temples. 

Scripture Reading—Colossians 3:12-17 

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

Prayer for Peace 

Michael Tzeng 

Dear heavenly father, we thank you and praise you. You are the fountain of the living water, light in the dark. There is peace when we are with you. There are sorrows and burdens, but if we listen to you, look up to you, come close to you, then we will have happiness and joy. Our souls will be revived. In this world still full of confusion, we sincerely ask, may the Lord, our source of peace, give this world peace always and in every way. We rely on you firmly to keep us in perfect peace. In you, nothing is impossible. Your surprising peace will fill everyone's heart, no matter who they are or from which country. May the glory be yours forever and ever. In this way, I pray in Jesus' name. Amen. 

Hymn 

Today's hymn is "Summoned by the God Who Made Us" number 330 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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet. 

You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God's loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.  

Pause. 

God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing. 

Pause. 

Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God's loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling. 

God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing. 

Pause. 

Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.  

God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Japan, the country we pray for today. 

Pause. 

Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God's loving hands. 

God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing. 

Pause. 

May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen. 

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth 

Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act. 

Go in peace. 

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