Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting the Peace 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 Russia, a nation that extends across all of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe—making it the largest country in the world.
Scripture Reading—James 4:8, 10
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Prayer for Peace
Dear Loving heavenly parent,
Thank you for the opportunity to call to you in prayer. Today we focus ourselves to pray for peace. Peace is love that you showed us; peace is having reconciliation; peace is understanding each other; and peace is love, agape love. We ask your sprit to work in us so that we can build peace among ourselves and nations. Thank you for Community of Christ. Thank you for the divine guidance provided to the church to pursue peace.
Lord we ask you for the blessings for the countries suffering from massive poverty and cruel war. We understand that this is not your divine will. We have departed from your will and now have sinned. Lord help us to restore the original nature of you on Earth. Lord help us to restore you on Earth.
Lord bless the people who take efforts to make peace around the world. Be with them, guide them and give them courage to face the challenges that they face in attempt to make peace.
We pray in Jesus's name.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Touch Me, Lord, with Thy Spirit Eternal,” 574 in Community of Christ Sings.
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.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Russia, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.