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Daily Prayer for Peace — 23 April

Daily Prayer for Peace — 23 April

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.”  “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Egypt, a nation in northeast Africa. Egypt links this continent with Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, dating to the tenth millennium BC as one of the first nation states, with Ancient Egypt considered to be the cradle of civilization.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 16:1-2, 7-11 NRSV

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

  I have no good apart from you. "

 bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

  in the night also my heart instructs me.

I keep the Lord always before me;

  because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

  my body also rests secure.

For you do not give me up to Sheol,

  or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life.

  In your presence there is fullness of joy;

  in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Prayer for Peace

Evelyn Richardson

Creator of all that is right and good,

We come before you with bowed heads, uplifted hands, and humbled hearts.

We thank you for the gift of your loving Holy Spirit and ask that those gathered in this sacred place, may feel its comfort and strength flowing from heart to heart.

There are so many challenges in life. We need your comforting, peaceful presence to guide and sustain us. There are natural disasters, family unrest, wars, prejudice, abuse, poverty, sickness and diseases, injustices of all kinds, to name just a few.

You know our hearts this day, Lord. Each of us walks a different path in life but we pray for your arms of peace and love to continue to surround us. Let us be strong in our pursuits of, and for peace for all.

Help us find the inner peace that we need to work together, recognizing the worth of all persons. Let us build communities of joy, hope, love, and peace. Let us come together to make your kingdom of peace, Zion, a reality wherever we worship and serve you.

In and through the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we do pray. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is 622 in Community of Christ Sings, “Send Forth Your Light, O Zion.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 622.

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.

Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?

Pause.

God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”

Pause.

Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”

Pause.

Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Egypt, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”

Pause.

Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”

Pause.

We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Make every breath one of thanksgiving;

Make every deed a channel of justice;

Make every thought a peaceful one;

Go in peace.


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