Community of Christ

Daily Prayer for Peace — 29 March

Daily Prayer for Peace — 29 March

Qatar - map

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple [which] 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 country of Qatar located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971.

Scripture Reading — 1 Corinthians 1:3-7

Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Carol Oliver Wilkins

Almighty author of creation, let your kingdom come.

Help us, O Lord, to become the pure in heart;

those who will inherit the kingdom prepared for us.

Give us understanding, as we search for truth.

Guide our thoughts and choices as we attempt to stay on the path of righteous living.

Diminish our knowledge of self-will and increase our concepts of you.

Let your peace flow down upon us like rivers of hope springing eternal, that we may proclaim our faith in Your plan for a peaceful world.

Grant us the patience and long suffering for an unending search for peace

in relationships with each other and with you.

Let us be your instruments for peace, above all, in our community, our home, and in a world longing, begging, struggling for liberty, justice, mercy.

We pray from the depths of our hearts in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.              

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, 306 in Community of Christ Sings, "We Are People of God's Peace" by singing or silently reflecting on the meaning of the text as it is played.  

Prayers of the People

As we enter into 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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation.  We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in Spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us.   Listen for the sound of the Beloved’s voice.

God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your Spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.

Pause.

God of reconciliation, two thousand years ago you breathed and the Word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, Breath of God.

Pause.

God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. Breathe into the peoples and leaders of all nations, including those of Qatar, the country for which we pray today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, Breath of God.

Pause.

God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, Breath of God.

Pause.

May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray, 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.

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