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Daily Prayer for Peace — 29 December

Daily Prayer for Peace — 29 December

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Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

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 Nigeria, a nation in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, this country has been referred to as the Giant of Africa for its large population as well as economy. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and seventh most-populous country in the world.

Scripture Reading—Isaiah 61:8-11

For I the Lord love justice,

  I hate robbery and wrongdoing;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,

  and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,

  and their offspring among the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge

  that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,

  my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

  he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

  and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,

  and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

  to spring up before all the nations.

Prayer for Peace

Nancy Ross

Dear God,

Help us remember the things we are always forgetting:

Charity for our neighbors who we pass in the street everyday

Who serve us, who we serve, who are part of our community;

Justice for those who are left behind by our broken systems

Who serve us, who we serve, who are part of our community;

Peace for those who use their bodies and voices for violence and harm

Who serve us, who we serve, who are part of our community;

Let us always remember our siblings in God

And work to make our communities remember them all.

Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Earth and All Stars,” number 102 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 Nigeria, 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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