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Daily Prayer for Peace — 24 January

Daily Prayer for Peace — 24 January

Bulgaria—map

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 Bulgaria, a nation in Southeastern Europe bordering Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, and the Black Sea.

Scripture Reading—Mark 1:14-15

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Prayer for Peace

Diana Hansen

Creator of the Earth and all life, show us your peace. It is your peace we seek. Point us to examples of those who can teach us your peace. Give us wisdom to live out your peace in everyday situations.

Your peace is both a calming breeze and forceful gale; a smooth lake and fast-crashing rapids; people laughing and marchers protesting.

Grant us courage to learn the principles of your peace so that all our actions—the gentle and forceful—are unified in their hope and focus on the world as you wish it to become.

Creator of the Earth and all life, show us your peace that we might more fully become what we seek. Amen. 

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Grace Moves in Rhythms” number 375 in Community of Christ Sings. Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text.

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 context for our Prayers of the People 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.

Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.

Pause.

O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.

Pause.

O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.

Pause.

O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Bulgaria, the country we pray for today.

Pause.

O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.

Pause.

O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Live simply. Value others.

Honor the Earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.

Go in peace. 

Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org


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