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Daily Prayer for Peace — 22 November

Daily Prayer for Peace — 22 November

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of the Peace Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space. The Temple “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Zimbabwe (zim·baab·way), a nation in southern Africa. Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, is in the country’s extreme northwest and is part of the Zambezi river.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 13:1, 5-6

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

    How long will you hide your face from me?

But I trusted in your steadfast love;

    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord,

    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Prayer for Peace

Anonymous

God of Peace,

We open our hearts today and feel the yearnings of our brothers and sisters as we strive for peace. Although we do not know everyone’s concerns, we invite them to share in the blessings of this community, created in the name of the One who suffered on behalf of all, the Prince of Peace.

Encourage us as we work to respect each life’s journey, even when it is broken and uncertain, for each person at times must walk alone. Help us be ready to listen and slow to criticize, lest judgments be unrighteous and unredemptive.

Remind us that we are your hands and feet and that if peace is to come, it must be through our actions. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “How Long, O God, How Long?” — 455 in Community of Christ Sings. 

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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.

Pause.

God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.

Pause.

God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.

Pause.

God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Zimbabwe, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.

Pause.

God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.

Pause.

May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.

To motivate us to work for peace.

Go in peace.

Daily Prayer for Peace, DPP@CofChrist.org


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