Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mongolia.
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mongolia, located in East Asia. It is a landlocked country with an incredible history and natural beauty. Mongolia’s nomadic culture is alive as is the country’s tremendous hospitality.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 158:11a
Therefore, continue to be strong in faith. To you who hear my voice and know my promises I will reveal myself and give my peace, even in the midst of your uncertainties.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Jeri Shumate
O God, Source and Creator of our whole selves, we honor the gift of our emotions with which you bless us.
We recognize the inner peace that comes with emotional wholeness; we yearn for that delicate balance. But our emotions are tricky things, O God. They surprise us with their intensity. Especially do we struggle with those darker feelings, such as anger or sorrow, that society labels negative or wrong.
Help us to know, O God, that our emotions are not good or bad—they simply are. They are part of the gift of life with which you bless us all. We cannot choose these feelings, but we can and must choose our actions that respond to them. Give us appropriate responses when intense emotions come unbidden and threaten to overwhelm us. It is this stewardship of responsible action to which we are called as Christians.
Teach us, most loving God, to own and embrace all the wide range of emotion, that rare gift with which humanity alone has been blessed. Guide us to a holy passion that can in turn free all people to know the peace that is you.
In the spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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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.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Mongolia, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.