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Indigenous Peoples of Asia


27 June 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the Indigenous Peoples of Asia. 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

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—James 3:13, 17-18

Who is wise and knowledgeable among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Prayer for Peace

Gil Porter

O Creator of our being, the One who loves the smallest, busy black ant and the giant and graceful, blue whale, who in particular loves us, each one, in our concern for one another and in our overflowing heart and joyful awareness.

Increase our awareness of each other and all your creation.

In our tentative touching of life to life help our responsiveness and awareness of the warmth of loving concern and supporting sensitivity. May we allow room for each one to be…

To be the precious one we know we are in your sight and in your all-pervading, surrounding presence.

We find the peace of wholeness of our life, our neighbor’s life, and our place in the land and community where we have our calling.

Peace with your creatures and especially your people is our calling today; peace and wholeness for all. Amen.

Choose a hymn for reflection.

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, ultimately, the planet.

Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.

Pause.

Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.

Pause.

Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.

Pause.

Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all peoples, including the Indigenous Peoples of Asia, for whom we pray today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.

Pause.

Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.

Pause.

May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth

As we depart in joy,

Confront injustices,

Be part of transformations toward peace, and

Generate hope for the world.

Go in peace.

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