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Saint Kitts and Nevis


21 May 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis, located in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Scripture Reading—Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Prayer for Peace

Author: L. Dean Carper

Dear Lord:

We ask for peace, not as the world knows peace, but for that feeling of calmness that is always present through your Son, Jesus Christ. For it is the fear within that we must overcome to face the turmoil around us.

As we face the world with its hunger, wars and hatred, we seek your assurance that all is well. We know that you are in command and the purposes of this world are not necessarily yours. But because of our humanness we tend to fear that which we don’t understand.

Grant us therefore that inward tranquility so that the fears of hatred and injustice will be met with determination and an eye single to your glory.

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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.

[Pause.]

God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.

[Pause.]

God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.

[Pause.]

God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Saint Kitts and Nevis, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.

[Pause.]

God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.

[Pause.]

May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.

To motivate us to work for peace.

Go in peace.

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