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Lebanon


10 August 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Lebanon.

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.

Lebanon is located in Western Asia. It is the smallest recognized country on the entire Asian continent. Evidence of an early settlement in Lebanon was found in Byblos, which is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to earlier than 5000 BC.

Scripture Reading—Luke 20:45-47; 21:1-4

In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes and who love respectful greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

Prayer for Peace

Donald Lents

O Lord grant this day, light to the minds that hunger for truth and peace. Grant us, in this sanctuary, the ability to unlock the secret of your presence. We desire your love for us. We express our thanks for the assurance of your knowledge of us and your acceptance of us as we are.

Our need and desire is to discover your ways of peace. We are thankful for the ability you have given us to be of assistance in the peacemaking process. Help us individually and collectively to be steadfast in your pursuit of peace and not to swerve from these steps in being helpful.

Thank you for the faith that sustains your children. We are grateful for the hope which inspires us and for the light you provide for us in our daily walk.

In response to these blessings and, in our better moments, we desperately desire to be involved in establishing personal community and world peace for all your children.

It is our prayer that each of us, not only in this gathering, but in the world, will keep our hearts and minds open to be challenged and satisfied with our goals and commitments toward peaceful living and solutions in all of life’s aspects.

Through our efforts we pray for the ability to experience the blessing of your presence and then share this assurance with others in our mutual desires for peace and security.

Unrest, stress, and turmoil are a part of our world every day. Despite this, help us see beyond to the more serene and pleasant aspects of life. In doing so, we will be drawn into rich fellowship and closeness to your divine power and love. As we move into this environment help us in the spirit and desire for outreach to share with many others in various walks of life who are also working for peace and justice.

As we work together, help us respond to your words of counsel and together strive to be successful in making this a more peaceful world.

This we pray in the holy name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn

Choose a favorite hymn of peace and justice.

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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.

You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.

Pause.

God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.

God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.

God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Lebanon, the country we pray for today.

Pause.

Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.

God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.

Pause.

May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. 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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