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Daily Prayer for Peace — 31 July

Daily Prayer for Peace — 31 July

Mexicomap

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mexico, located in the southern half of North America and bordering the United States of America, Guatemala, Belize, the Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. It is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and ranks fourth in the world in terms of biodiversity, serving as home to over 200,000 different species of animals and flora.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

  He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters;

  he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths

  for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

  I fear no evil;

for you are with me;

  your rod and your staff—

  they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

  in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

  my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

  all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

  my whole life long.

Prayer for Peace

Juan López

Dear God,

We ask your forgiveness of our sins and ask you to bless our people. Especially I ask that you bless my country, Mexico, a noble and ancient people who are downtrodden by social, moral and economic injustice.

Our Father pour your spirit over my people. Help us to conquer the shadows. Comfort our souls. Give us strength to be doers of the Work and to take with your teachings: faith, hope and charity, as well as physical and spiritual peace, which our people, your people, need.

This we implore in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Hymn

Today’s hymn is “Creator God We Sing,” 114 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 Mexico, 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.

Susan Naylor, DPP@CofChrist.org



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