Today in our prayers we remember the Indigenous Peoples of Asia.
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b
There are 260 million indigenous peoples in Asia, making it the most culturally diverse region in the world. Asian indigenous peoples face problems such as denial of self-determination, the loss of control over their land and natural resources, discrimination and marginalization, heavy assimilation pressure, and violent repression by state security forces.
Scripture Reading—Luke 4:16-19
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Prayer for Peace
O Lord, our God, we come before you with praise and thanksgiving for the beauty of your world. We are humbled at the infinite mercy and grace that you bestow on us as a part of your creation. You give each of us worth as people, and forgive us when we do not live up to that potential that you have entrusted to us.
Help us ever to be more mindful of the needs of those around us—needs that we can be your hands to supply if we will take the time to seek you and be willing to move out in faith. We pray that we might be instruments of peace in a troubled world. We pray for the leaders of all the nations of the world—that they may have a desire for peace, that they might be enlightened to those ways that can bring peace—that they can set aside greed and self-interest.
We come asking that your love and joy might touch our souls. We lift our prayers around the world for renewed courage, for greater strength, and an endowment of your spirit that our discipleship might be a positive influence. In Jesus name. Amen.
Choose a favorite hymn of peace and justice.
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.
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.
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.
Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all peoples, including the Indigenous Peoples of Asia, for whom we pray today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.
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.
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.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.