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Daily Prayer for Peace — 23 March

Daily Prayer for Peace — 23 March


Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle


In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space that “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 Cambodia, located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 146:6-9 NRSV

[The Lord] who made heaven and earth,

  the sea, and all that is in them;who keeps faith forever;

  who executes justice for the oppressed;

  who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;

  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

  the Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the strangers;

  he upholds the orphan and the widow,

  but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Prayer for Peace

Dan Esch

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the blessing of peace in my life.

I ask that your spirit would be acknowledged in areas where people hate. Give those that hate the strength to listen to each other.

Dear Lord, I don't understand your plan, but I know your will will be done.

Help me to accept the peace of your spirit into my heart. Amen.


Today’s hymn is 590 in Community of Christ Sings, “When I Can Ache.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 590.

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, ultimately, the planet.

Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.


Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.


Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.


Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including Cambodia, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.


Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.


May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

As we depart in joy,

Confront injustices,

Be part of transformations toward peace, and

Generate hope for the world.

Go in peace.