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11 March 2023

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Taiwan.


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


Taiwan is off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The shape of the main island of Taiwan is similar to a sweet potato seen in a south-to-north direction, and therefore, Taiwanese often call themselves “children of the Sweet Potato.”

Scripture Reading – Psalm 16:1-2, 7-11

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

  I have no good apart from you.”

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

  in the night also my heart instructs me.

I keep the Lord always before me;

  because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.


Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

  my body also rests secure.

For you do not give me up to Sheol,

  or let your faithful one see the Pit.


You show me the path of life.

  In your presence there is fullness of joy;

  in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Prayer for Peace

Jewell Bolton

Dear God of the entire universe,

How wide is your watching! How intimate is your concern for us. Please attend to the secret prayers and longing of each one present here today.

Despite our weakness, our humanness, and our earth-bound thoughts, you step in and bring the impossible miraculously to fruition!

Thank you for the blessings that, when we stop to look around us and within us, these blessings are so present and near.

Blessings of hope, ministries of love, moments of unspeakable joy and a sense of peace infuse us with light because the name of wholeness is Jesus.

Help us feel and understand this Immanuel, God with us.

God with us!

Thank you, dear Almighty One, that you constantly invite us to the wonders of the manger and the waters of baptism.

Renewal, growth and transformation is ours to be, because you are.



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 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.


God of reconciliation, 2,000 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.


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. We remember all nations, including Taiwan, the country we pray for 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.


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.


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

Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.

To motivate us to work for peace.

Go in peace.

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