Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of the Peace Candle
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 Cameroon (ka·mr·oon), a nation in West Africa. It is often referred to as Africa in miniature for its geological and cultural diversity. It is home to more than 1,738 different linguistic groups. French and English are the official languages.
Scripture Reading—Colossians 2:6
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him...
Prayer for Peace
Our God, Our Father, Our Creator and Maker, we thank you for this world with so many people in each country and so many creeds.
Sometimes we become complacent and think we live in a peaceful place. We must ever be mindful of the poor, the hungry and the homeless. and of wrongs done to people.
Sometimes our news bombards us with the troubles around the world and we wonder how so much can go wrong. We need to remember there are more good people than bad and more good is done each and every day. Help peace to grow within us and spread to our families and friends and congregations and spread throughout this world.
Let us be the witnesses that we are called to be and share our story and bring others to a relationship with you.
Again, we thank you God for everything and ask for your forgiveness where we have sinned or failed you and that we can promote peace wherever we are.
In Jesus's most holy name. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Hope of the World,” 29 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Cameroon, the country we pray for today.
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.
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.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the Earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.
Daily Prayer for Peace, DPP@CofChrist.org