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Daily Prayer for Peace — 23 November

Daily Prayer for Peace — 23 November

Malawimap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of the Peace Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Malawi (muh·laa·wee), a nation in southeastern Africa landlocked by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Malawi is known for the friendliness of its people, the diversity of its geography, and the country lives up to the name given it by the people who have inhabited this land for generations, “The Warm Heart of Africa.”

Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a

The Temple is an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.

Prayer for Peace

Donald Lents

O Lord, grant this day light to the minds that hunger for truth and peace. Grant us, in this sanctuary, the ability to unlock the secret of your presence. We seek your presence in quietness and meditation as we learn to understand your love for us. We express our thanks for the assurance of your knowledge of us and your acceptance of us as we are.

We need and want to discover your ways of peace. We are thankful for the ability you have given us to be of assistance in the peacemaking process. Help us individually and collectively to be steadfast in our pursuit of peace and not to swerve from these steps in being helpful.

Thank you for the faith that sustains your children. We are grateful for the hope which inspires us and for the light you provide for us in our daily walk.

In response to these blessings and, in our better moments, we desperately desire to be involved in establishing personal community and world peace for all your children.

It is our prayer that each of us, not only in this congregation but in the world at large, will keep our hearts and minds open to be challenged and satisfied with our goals and commitments toward peaceful living and solutions in all of life's aspects.

Through our efforts we pray for the ability to experience the blessing of your presence and then share this assurance with others in our mutual desires for peace and security.

It is just a part of our present world for us to live amid unrest, stress and turmoil every day. Despite this everyday occurrence help us to see beyond to the more serene and pleasant aspects of life. In doing so, we will be drawn into rich fellowship and closeness to your divine power and love. As we move into the environment help us in the spirit and desire for outreach to share with many others in various walks of life who are also working for peace and justice.

Working together, help us to respond to your words of counsel and together strive to be successful in making this a more peaceful world.

We are thankful to be numbered among a large group of people stimulated to assist in making our world a more peaceful place in which to live, worship, work, and fellowship.

Once again, we offer our gratitude in prayer, which we express in the name of our great peacemaker, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Can Steel and Stone and Swirling Spire,” 281 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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.

You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.

Pause.

God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.

God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.

God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Malawi, the country we pray for today.

Pause.

Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.

God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.

Go in peace.

Daily Prayer for Peace, DPP@CofChrist.org



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