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Peru


30 July 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Peru. 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

Peru is in western South America. This nation is extremely biodiverse, with habitats including arid plains, Andes mountain peaks, and tropical rainforests. Peru was home to ancient cultures, including one of the oldest civilizations, dating to 3200 BC.

Scripture Reading—Psalm 145:17-18

The Lord is just in all his ways

    and kind in all his doings.

The Lord is near to all who call on him,

    to all who call on him in truth.

Prayer for Peace

Lyle Anderson II

Holy One of Wind and Rain,

We gather this day to pray in sacred space, within the spiral of this house of prayer for all people, and around the globe. We pray for peace, healing, and empowerment. Empowerment to go forth and live the peace of Christ, to be the peace of Christ, even in those places and situations where peace seems so foreign, so far away, so impossible...

We pray for the healing of our sisters and brothers, of all ages, of all lands and isles of the sea, and of no land. We pray and seek healing and restoration between each one of us. Healing of our souls, healing of our relationships, healing of our drive and dedication toward the eternal call of peace, justice, love….

We pray here and around the globe knowing we are broken, knowing we have stumbled. We pray for forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation. We pray in community. We pray alone. We pray silently, and with loud thundering voices. We pray...

We come to you, O Holy One of healing and love, to allow the winds of justice and peace to flow through us, to allow your cleansing rain to clean and heal us. To give us new life and quench our thirst, so we may go forth from this sacred space, and not just proclaim the peace of Christ, but to live it, to become it. Help us, O Holy One of Grace and Peace, to be who you call us to be in this world. Help us have the strength and courage to be a people of temple, a people of restoration, a people of peace. Help us be open to all of your creation, help us have the strength and encouragement even in the strongest of storms, within and without, to speak truth to power, to stand up for those whose voices are silenced, to allow ourselves to feel your healing grace as we seek to pour it out to others.

Let us be agents of your peace, let us find and not be afraid to travel the muddy paths, in and after a storm, that lead to a healed and whole creation. Open our eyes to the beauty and wonder of your creation, along with the pain and suffering. Let us not be afraid to be community that embraces all, community that strives, seeks, lives, and grows to bring about peace, healing, and reconciliation with ourselves, others, the Holy and all of creation.

In Christ’s peace and name, we come to you O Holy One,

Amen.

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 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 Peru, 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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