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Daily Prayer for Peace — 26 April

Daily Prayer for Peace — 26 April

San Marino—map 

Gathering in Silence 

Call to Prayer 

Lighting of Candle 

Invitation 

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”  

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c 

Today in our prayers we remember the people of San Marino. Officially the Republic of San Marino, the country situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. Its size is just over 61 km (24 square miles), with a population of almost 34,000. 

Scripture Reading—Ezekiel 37:26-27 

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. 27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 

Prayer for Peace 

Glenda Chapman 

Eternal God: 

We are gathered here today, a group of your children seeking to honor you with our worship and praise. 

There is much turmoil and unrest in many of our lives and constant upheaval in this world we inhabit. Everything is forever changing and even though this is not necessarily negative it causes a great deal of anxiety and apprehension in us. We then allow this to interfere with our spiritual growth. 

Lord, we pray that your calm, quiet, Spirit will move over each person seated here that we may focus on you and your will in our lives. We pray that in turn we can take this calmness out into our homes, our community, and the world in which we live so that it will touch every person who meets us. 

We pray for peace and confidence within each of your people that it may flow like healing ointment throughout the earth, for this earth groans in agony. 

Lord God, you have sent us here to love and be loved. It is our prayer that we will turn our thoughts and our spirits to you and your will, that a suffering world may be healed. 

These things we ask in our beloved Savior’s name, Jesus the Christ. Amen. 

Hymn 

Today’s hymn is “Now the Green Blade Rises” number 482 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 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.  

Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people. 

Pause. 

God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you? 

Pause. 

Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider. 

Pause. 

Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including San Marino, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still. 

Pause. 

God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open. 

Pause. 

Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen. 

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth 

May blessings of peace 

Be realized today 

Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit. 

Go in peace. 

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