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Tunisia


28 June 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Tunisia. 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

Tunisia is in the northernmost part of Africa. It is considered to be the only full democracy in the Arab World. Its inhabitants began farming the area from the Nile Valley to the Fertile Crescent region about 5,000 BC.

Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b

Fulfill the purposes of the Temple by making its ministries manifest in your hearts. It was built from your sacrifices and searching over many generations. Let it stand as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Prayer for Peace

Evelyn Richardson

Creator of all that is right and good,

We come before you with bowed heads, uplifted hands, and humbled hearts.

We thank you for the gift of your loving Holy Spirit and ask that those gathered in this sacred place, may feel its comfort and strength flowing from heart to heart.

There are so many challenges in life. We need your comforting, peaceful presence to guide and sustain us. There are natural disasters, family unrest, wars, prejudice, abuse, poverty, sickness and diseases, injustices of all kinds, to name just a few.

You know our hearts this day, Lord. Each of us walks a different path in life but we pray for your arms of peace and love to continue to surround us. Let us be strong in our pursuits of, and for peace for all.

Help us find the inner peace that we need to work together, recognizing the worth of all persons. Let us build communities of joy, hope, love, and peace. Let us come together to make your kingdom of peace, Zion, a reality wherever we worship and serve you.

In and through the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we do pray. 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 this day begin with ourselves and then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.

Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.

Pause.

God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?

Pause.

Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.

Pause.

Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Tunisia, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.

Pause.

God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air, and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.

Pause.

Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth

May blessings of peace

Be realized today

Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.

Go in peace.

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