Today in our prayers we remember the people of South Sudan.
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
Today in our prayers we remember the people of South Sudan, located in northeastern Africa. The landlocked country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. South Sudan has suffered ethnic violence and civil war, leading it to a place of famine and fragility.
Scripture Reading—John 14:23-29
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Klaas Kaat
Our Creator God,
We praise your name and stand in awe of what you have done. Astronauts have marveled at the beauty of the planet Earth—our home in your universe—and became silent as reverence and peace stirred their souls. But, in juxtaposition, they became aware—as we are today—of the arbitrary borders and divisions between persons, the lust for power, the naked aggression.
God, we plead this day that the hearts of all people might be softened, that distrust and hatred might melt away, and that your healing Spirit will supplant the self-serving intolerance and desperate dogmatic views of many.
Yea, the love and peace emanating from you might awaken all of us to our interconnectedness and the nurturing of unifying wholesome relationships.
In the name of our Lord of Peace, Jesus the Christ, 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 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 South Sudan, 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.