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Mozambique


4 August 2022

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mozambique.

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

Mozambique [mow·zam·beek] is located on the southeast coast of Africa and bordered by the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.

Scripture Reading—Matthew 12:18-21

“Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,

    my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.

I will put my Spirit upon him,

    and he will proclaim justice to the gentiles.

He will not wrangle or cry aloud,

    nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

He will not break a bruised reed

    or quench a smoldering wick

until he brings justice to victory.

    And in his name the gentiles will hope.”

Prayer for Peace

Karen Anne Smith

Loving Creator of all that is good, I am thinking about our planet as it is, and as it can be. It is so easy to imagine a world where all of the bad guys, those that destroy and subjugate, are suddenly removed leaving only those that love and heal. But this vision excludes some of your beloved children. We realize that their actions, for the sake of greed and power, are born out of a deep-seated, gnawing fear. They do not know you. Who, oh Great Teacher, will teach them?

You are a God of love, healing and peace who yearns to draw every person close so that wounds may be healed, emptiness filled, and hope strengthened. Send us, oh God, send us. May we work diligently for love, healing and peace for every soul, not just for those we call friends, but especially for those that would be our enemies. May they have opportunities to learn new ways of relating to others and the world. May their fear be answered with compassion. We can begin by sharing Christ's peace within our own families, neighborhoods, nations and finally throughout this world that we all call home, until all becomes Holy Sanctuary. Through Christ, and in Jesus' name, we ask this of you, 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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.

Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.

Pause.

Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.

Pause.

Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.

Pause.

Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including Mozambique, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.

Pause.

God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.

Pause.

May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.

Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.

Go in peace.

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