Today in our prayers we remember the people of Austria.
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
Austria is in Central Europe, and characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history, and rugged Alpine terrain.
Scripture Reading—Romans 14:19 NRSV
Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Prayer for Peace
Mylord C. Musuku
O God, you are our God, and we long for you.
Our God of peace,
Our God of love,
Our God of light,
Our God of grace.
Your constant love brings more than peace in our hearts.
Your love for us fills our souls with peace.
We will love you, and give you thanks, and praise you in prayers always, every day, night and noon.
Our souls will always feast on your spirit, as peace makes every child of God live in peace.
We thank you Jesus for hearing our prayer. Amen.
“Hark! The Voice of Jesus Calling”
Community of Christ Sings 592
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.
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.
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.
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 Austria, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.
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.
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.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.