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Daily Prayer for Peace — 22 December

Daily Prayer for Peace — 22 December

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Gathering in Silence—Call to Prayer (9 chimes)—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 Benin [buh·neen], located in Western Africa. Benin’s history is steeped in the slave trade as well as voodoo. It is a small country filled with natural and diverse beauty, and is home to one of the best wildlife parks in West Africa.

Scripture Reading—Numbers 6:25-26

The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord life up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Prayer for Peace

Author: Ministry Training Gathering, Michigan

God, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer

Thank you for making us aware of Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. We confess our fear of responding to our understanding with wholeheartedness. We desire to be more responsive to peace in all our relationships.

Guide us as we strive to be more positive about our future.

Amen.

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Dear God, We Come This Hour to Ask” number 543 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 543.

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.

Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.

Pause.

God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?

Pause. 

Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.

Pause. 

Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Benin, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.

Pause. 

God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.

Pause.

Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth

May blessings of peace

Be realized today

Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.

Go in peace.

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