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Fiji


20 June 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Fiji. In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where we are called to, “above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3b

Fiji is in the South Pacific. Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands famous for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches, and coral reefs with clear lagoons.

Scripture Reading—Galatians 3:23-29

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be reckoned as righteous by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Prayer for Peace

Esther Steward

Wise and wonderful God of shalom:

In this moment, in this place, in this time—we pray for peace. Peace within ourselves, with our friends and family, with the Earth, in our church and community, in our city, state, and country and on this Earth, you have so generously created.

May we rejoice in the many dimensions of Christ’s peace—the peace Christ came to bring, the peace made for us, the peace made in us, the peace we are to make and the peace yet to come.

Please prepare, guide and direct us in paths of confession, forgiveness, repentance, reconciliation, renewal, transformation, and peace.

We ask to feel your presence and peace surround us, even now.

May your peace enlighten and surprise us in many new ways, as we grow and mature into our discipleship, service, and callings.

May we be reminded to live out our lives for you, God, even when it’s not convenient for us.

May we be a light and work to spread peace, as living sanctuaries for others.

May we be peacemakers wherever we are.

May we truly model Jesus’ example of peace, justice, healing and wholeness.

May we be prepared with oil and lamps burning, for the coming of Christ.

May we strive to bring about total reconciliation and your ultimate will—shalom.

In the name of our Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Choose a hymn for reflection.

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.

Pause.

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?

Pause.

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.

Pause.

Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Fiji, 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.

Pause.

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.

Pause.

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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