Today in our prayers we remember the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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
The Democratic Republic of Congo is in Central Africa. From 1908 to 1960, it was called the Belgian Congo and from 1971 to 1997 it was called Zaire. It is the second-largest country in Africa by area.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3c
There are subtle, yet powerful, influences in the world, some even claiming to represent Christ, that seek to divide people and nations to accomplish their destructive aims. That which seeks to harden one human heart against another by constructing walls of fear and prejudice is not of God. Be especially alert to these influences, lest they divide you or divert you from the mission to which you are called.
Prayer for Peace
Peaceful God. Justice and peace are your desire for humans and all creation. May your desire be our desire.
Especially when we hear about senseless violence against innocent victims we are challenged to pray lovingly for all concerned. How are we to pray for leaders of nations and tribes who wage war on another? How are to pray for perpetrators of racial and ethnic violence in our own country? Sometimes words escape us and we must rely on your loving words.
Accept, we pray, our efforts to seek peace rather than retaliation, but do not allow us let our desire for peace causes us to overlook injustice.
Christ Jesus taught us to pray with his words and silence and how to live by his loving actions. Challenge us to love others and all creation like Jesus.
Enable us to be awake and responsive to opportunities to seek peace and justice and be your love to others. Amen.
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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.
God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.
Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.
God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.
Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.
God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Democratic Republic of Congo, the country we pray for today.
Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.
God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.
May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.
Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.
Go in peace.