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Macao


16 November 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Macao.

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

Macao (muh·kau) is on the western side of the Pearl River Delta in East Asia and is the most densely populated region in the world. Under the policy of “one country, two systems,” the State Council of the People’s Republic of China is responsible for military defense and foreign affairs while Macau maintains its own legal system, public security force, monetary system, customs policy, and immigration policy.

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

William Rounds

Eternal God, your act of creation brought peaceful order out of chaos. In this Temple dedicated to peace, we ask for your multiplying blessing upon our efforts as peacemakers.

We long for a peaceful world; a world of justice and mercy; a world of forgiveness and love. Remind us that such a world must begin in our hearts and minds; must spread through our families and then through an ever-widening circle of friends, neighbors, communities, and nations.

Forgive our unpeaceful acts of self-centeredness and greed, and challenge us to try again to be more peaceful in all our relationships.

Grant us in our hearts that peace that passes understanding, and bless us in our desire to share that peace with our neighbors throughout this day.

This is our prayer in the name of the one who stilled the wind and waves with a word, even Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.

Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.

Pause.

Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.

Pause.

Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.

Pause.

Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including Macao, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.

Pause.

God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.

Pause.

May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.

Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.

Go in peace.

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