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Botswana


24 May 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Botswana. 

Invitation

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

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Botswana, located in Southern Africa. The Kalahari Desert covers up to 70 percent of Botswana’s land surface. The country is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world.

Scripture Reading—Revelation 22:1-2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Prayer for Peace

Author: Linda McDaniel

First Maker, Creator of All That Is,

In this place and time of peace, we thank you for your everlasting presence. We thank you for all you have created that witness to each of us of your peace and grace.

Open our eyes to see the aura of your presence in all of creation. Unstop our ears to hear your slightest whisper in the song of the winged ones, the padding of the four-legged, the wind in those that stand rooted and tall, or in the splash of those that swim.

Bring your peace into our everyday lives that we may be reflective of you to all we meet. May that reflection of you in our lives bring peace that is passed on to others.

In praise and thanksgiving of all we are, and all you have created us to be, may we grow in your peace. 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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.

Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.

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Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.

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Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.

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Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including Botswana, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.

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God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.

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May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.

Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.

Go in peace.

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