Today in our prayers we remember the people of Uganda. In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.” “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Uganda is in East Africa with a diverse landscape that encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. The ancestors of the Ugandans were hunter-gatherers until 1,700-2,300 years ago.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a
The temple shall be dedicated to the pursuit of peace. It shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.
Prayer for Peace
Donna M. Pratt
Out of the silence, we come to you.
To you who gives voice to the thunder and to the laughter of children,
To you who allows us to see the beauty of your earth which was created for us to use wisely,
Who allows us to smell the new-mown hay as well as the bread freshly baked for your holy sacrament, or to share with a neighbor,
Who allows us to touch hands in friendship and to soothe the brow of those who are at times troubled and weary.
We ask that you create in us a new being,
a being that is hungering for peace.
One that would go the second mile, and the third, and the fourth. Help us to have hearts that respond positively when we think that we are wronged.
Help us to see “the other side” of every situation in which we are involved
For we know, dear God, that it is through our faith in you
That we are blessed.
And this blessing can, when used correctly,
Bring about that peace for which we have yearned so long.
With the lighting of the candle, let us center our thoughts on peace.
Peace...what a beautiful sound.
Let it start with me. Amen.
Choose a hymn for reflection.
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 context for our Prayers of the People 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.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable, and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression, and diminishment of men, women, and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Uganda, the country we pray for today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the Earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.