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Malawi


18 November 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Malawi.

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c

Malawi (muh·laa·wee) is in southeastern Africa and landlocked by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Malawi is known for the friendliness of its people, the diversity of its geography, and lives up to the name given it by the people who have inhabited this land for generations, “The Warm Heart of Africa.”

Scripture Reading—Numbers 6:25-26

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Prayer for Peace

Phyllis R. Shields

From the 139th Psalm.

O Lord, “Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; thou understandest my thoughts afar off. Thou compassest my path and art acquainted with my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. …Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from the presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:1-10).

We hear those words and our minds say, “Yes we believe.” But many times, in our hearts we say, “Yes, but that can’t mean me.” Because of choices we have made, things we have done, or not done, we find it difficult to believe that you can still love us.

Today, we pray for those who have tried to bring peace to a troubled world—and failed. Touch them in their despair with your love. Surround them with your peace; give them the hope to try again.

Today we pray for those who feel powerless to be agents for peace. Give them a vision of what one or two can do when they are working with you.

O God let the words of the psalmist sink deep into our hearts. Help us realize that you do know us—our thoughts, our desires, our shortcomings, and our promise—and that you love us with a love unconditional. Warm our hearts with your presence, we pray. In Jesus’s name. 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, ultimately, the planet.

Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.

Pause.

Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.

Pause.

Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.

Pause.

Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including Malawi, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.

Pause.

Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.

Pause.

May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

As we depart in joy,

Confront injustices,

Be part of transformations toward peace, and

Generate hope for the world.

Go in peace.

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