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Malaysia


19 May 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Malaysia

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Malaysia, located in Southeast Asia and consisting of thirteen states and three federal territories. It offers bustling cities, islands, jungles, as well as remote tribes of indigenous peoples.

Scripture Reading—Ephesians 2:14-16

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

Prayer for Peace

Author: Kathy McGuire

We know that you have created us that we might have joy. And yet, by using our free agency we have created pain. We know that the example of Jesus was an example of love and compassion. Yet, we often choose to hate and to fear and to ignore the needs of our companions on this journey. The world which you have created and so generously given to us feels the pain of our choices and groans to be liberated from the chains we have created for it.

Free us, O God. Create in us clean hearts and pure visions. Infuse us with a desire to be agents of peace in a world of suffering and need. Clear our minds that we might see truthfully the steps which can be taken to bring healing and reconciliation to all your creation. Help us to recognize you and to respond to you as you move within each of us, guiding us toward the perfection that is already ours and out of which comes a deep yet resounding call for peace in all the world.

You have called us by our names. You know us intimately. You know our capacities. Then you have given us the greatest gift of calling us by your son’s name.  We are called Christians. Let that name and that Christ-spirit unite us with all the world rather than separate us from our fellow humans. Then as Christians may we be healing agents in a universe that ever calls us forward.

For the sake of your universal kingdom we pray in Jesus name. 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.

Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.

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God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?

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Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.

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Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Malaysia, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.

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God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.

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Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

May blessings of peace

Be realized today

Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.

Go in peace.

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