Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace where “God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Tuvalu [too·vuh·loo], located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:38-45
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Julie Conway Sword
O Lord, Creator of Worlds without End,
You, our tender Shepherd, our Divine Companion,
the One Who lovingly restores Our Souls with a Savior’s personal touch of Love and Peace.
We are your Lost Sheep, caught, crying in the brambles of an endless Pandemic, Lost Jobs and, for many, empty plates and heavy, heavy Hearts!
We turn to Thee!
Lord, like the Good Samaritan, bind up our Wounds,
Pour on your oils of Healing and Grace,
Carry us on your shoulders of Hope through a Labyrinth of Ups and Downs.
Let us see Peace in your Eyes of Compassion as we sit with the woman at the well, filling our spirits with your Presence of Living Water,
Let us feel Calmed in Your words of “Come unto Me all Ye that are weak and heavy laden and I will give you Rest.”
Let us sense the fullness of Joy as we sit with the 5,000 and are lovingly fed from a small boy’s blessed lunch.
Let us feel the print of the nails in your pierced hand as we place our hand in Yours, knowing that in this life, we will have pain, suffering, and much tribulation!
But the Spirit calls us to be of good cheer, trust, and HOPE because of YOU, Jesus, the Son of God, Our Shepherd, Our Good Samaritan, the Prince of Peace, He who has overcome all the world’s tribulation!
In Your Peaceful Power, we, too, shall overcome!
Blessing and Honor, Glory and Power be unto Him, be unto Him! Amen.
Today’s hymn is “When I Can Ache” number 590 in Community of Christ Sings. Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Tuvalu, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.
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.
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.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.