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Angola


3 August 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of the Angola.

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

Angola is located on the western coast of Southern Africa. It is the seventh largest country in Africa. Portuguese is its official language, reflecting just one of the influences of having once been a Portuguese colony.

Scripture Reading—Isaiah 11:6, 9

The wolf shall live with the lamb;

    the leopard shall lie down with the kid;

the calf and the lion will feed[a] together,

    and a little child shall lead them.

They will not hurt or destroy

    on all my holy mountain,

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD

    as the waters cover the sea.

Prayer for Peace

Jim Kraski

God, our creator,

As my part of the world awakens, I feel that my God is giving everyone a fresh start to experience His love and His peace.  It happens every morning as I face the eastern sky.  So beautiful and so majestic.  How could any of the inhabitants of this beautiful creation contemplate anything but peace and love?  There is no room for violence or hate here on this beautiful planet He created.  It is no wonder why we all need days of peace, love and kindness when we simply face the eastern sky and feel of His awesome wonder.

Shalom

hymn

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 context for our Prayers of the People begin with ourselves and move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation.

Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.

Pause.

O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.

Pause.

O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.

Pause.

O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Angola, the country we pray for today.

Pause.

O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.

Pause.

O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Live simply. Value others.

Honor the earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.

Go in peace.

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