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Djibouti


29 June 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Djibouti. 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

Djibouti is in the Horn of Africa. This small country offers diverse landscapes such as salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, canyons, and plateaus among others.

Scripture Reading—Matthew 11:29-30

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Prayer for Peace

Gene Vanderwood

Give us peace in the mountains,

Give us peace by the sea,

Give us peace in the valley,

O Lord I ask this of thee.

Work for peace in the mountains,

Work for peace by the sea,

Work for peace in the valley,

Christ ask this of me.

With peace in the mountains,

With peace by the sea,

With peace in the valley,

O Lord please come and see.

Now that peace is in the mountains,

Now that peace is by the sea,

Now that peace is in the valley,

Christ has given peace to me.

Dear Lord,

Please give us strength to continue to work for peace.

As we strive for peace may we be an influence on the world.

Let us find peace in family, peace in community, peace in country, and peace for the world.

In Christ’s name. 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 the planet.

Within all aspects of our lives and our world exist situations and conditions that need the healing touch of the Holy. Will you join with me to listen to the voice that speaks peace to each of us from beyond the farthest hills, from the infinite heavens above, and the vast seas below?

Pause.

Listen to the voice that invites you to surrender your fears and frustrations, anger, and anxieties, and to await with an open heart the peace that only Christ can bring. Allow the one who seeks only the best for you to offer the comfort you seek.

Pause.

Listen to the voice that whispers the invitation to reconciliation with those whose lives, words, decisions, or actions have wounded you. May you find space in your heart for healing to occur in your relationships with brothers and sisters, as well as your enemies.

Pause.

Listen to the voice that calls all into unity and oneness. We remember all nations, including Djibouti, the country we pray for today. May we be attuned to hear the cries for mercy, forgiveness, and generosity. Listen to the one who reminds us that in the welfare of another resides our own well-being.

Pause.

Listen to the voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. The Earth shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of our greed and conflicts. Listen to creation, which struggles to provide life to the seas, the hills, and the heavens above.

Pause.

May the one who spoke calm to the storm and stilled the waves with a word, bring peace to us and through us. May we be among those whose lives whisper, shout, and proclaim peace to those far and near for the sake of God’s shalom. Amen.

Musical Reflection 

Sending Forth

Be witnesses of hope,

Shed tears for injustice, and

Make a difference in the world.

Go in peace.

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