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Malawi


23 May 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Malawi.

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The “Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.”

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Malawi, located in southeastern Africa and landlocked by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Malawi is known for the friendliness of the people, the diversity of its geography,  and lives up to the name given it by the people who have inhabited this land for generations, “The Warm Heart of Africa.”

Scripture Reading—Psalm 67:1-4

May God be gracious to us and bless us

    and make his face shine on us—[b]

so that your ways may be known on earth,

    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;

    may all the peoples praise you.

May the nations be glad and sing for joy,

    for you rule the peoples with equity

    and guide the nations of the earth.

Prayer for Peace

Author: Linda Brenner

God, our Creator,

We wonder how to pray for peace. Each time we rejoice in the news of a peaceful resolution to conflict, chaos erupts in another form and place.

In our interpersonal relationships, sometimes we experience harmony; the harmony which stirs hope within us that peace can exist in our world. However, other times we are overcome by fear, weariness, or discouragement which causes us to retreat to our passive, quiet places; leaving the work of peace for those we consider more capable.

Help us to hear the voice of your spirit while we are in our quiet places. May our yearnings for peace become tools for you to teach us how to be makers of peace.

Heighten our awareness that each of us is created in your likeness.

Remind us that conflict begins with the disagreement of two people, and caution us when we are tempted to take sides or gather others to our way of thinking.

Bless us with discernment that we may offer our gifts to the cause of justice within our area of influence. Amen.

Choose a Hymn

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 context for our Prayers of the People 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.

Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.

[Pause.]

O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.

[Pause.]

O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.

[Pause.]

O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Malawi, the country we pray for today.

[Pause.]

O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.

[Pause.]

O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Live simply. Value others.

Honor the earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.

Go in peace.

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