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Daily Prayer for Peace — 22 September

Daily Prayer for Peace — 22 September
  

Slovenia—map 

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer (9 chimes)

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 Slovenia (slow-vee-nee-uh), located in southern Central Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and the Adriatic Sea. 

Scripture Reading—Mosiah 11:207 

How blessed are they! For they published peace; they published good tidings of good; and they declared to the people that the Lord reigns. 

Prayer for Peace 

Author: Leonard Hitchcock 

God, we gather here today to unite our prayers and our hope in your great mercy and to petition your grace for the pursuit of peace on earth. The vast universe, the planets and stars demonstrate your great power and majesty. The beautiful Earth with shining seas, great mountains and canyons, forest and flowering meadows exhibit your love of beauty and grandeur. We also are your creation, but we have fallen short of your wonderful promise and plan for our well-being. Many times we are not as beautiful as when we were created. 

Greed, envy, pride, and jealousy have led us into wars and suffering. This, then is why we come to you now in earnest prayer. Save us from ourselves, bestow upon us your grace and guide the leaders of nations so that with your help they, and we, may know that you are our God, Creator, and Shepard, and our Hope. We pray that your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. May your will embrace us and lead us into love for each other and infuse peace in our hearts. We offer this prayer in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen. 

Hymn 

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” number 31 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 31. 

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 the planet. 

Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler. 

[Pause.] 

Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be. 

[Pause.] 

Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again. 

[Pause.] 

Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including Slovenia, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering. 

[Pause.] 

God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions. 

[Pause.] 

May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen. 

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth 

Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships. 

Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace. 

Go in peace. 

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