Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred time of prayer. You are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Uruguay (yur·uh·gwai), located in the southeastern region of South America. Uruguay borders Argentina, Brazil, and the Atlantic Ocean. Uruguay is the smallest country on this continent, and provides a progressive, stable, safe, and gifted culture.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:1
“Community of Christ,” your name, given as a divine blessing, is your identity and calling. If you will discern and embrace its full meaning, you will not only discover your future, you will become a blessing to the whole creation. Do not be afraid to go where it beckons you to go.
Prayer for Peace
O God, Lover of peace and justice,
We come to this place to give thanks to you and to praise you for your plan of salvation through your Son, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate Christmas and look to the New Year, we ask for your continued guidance on the path to peace.
We are blessed with your presence in this safe and comfortable place, but our world is full of injustice, and there is much work to do. We desire to be your peace workers and ask for your direction.
We come to pray and to be near you. Through Jesus, you have expressed your unconditional love and care for each of us, and we pray that you might guide and direct us as we seek to be your servants of peace. Help us to be respectful of ourselves as well as others with whom we live and work. Help us remember how much you love each of us, and act as you would to bring peace to each one.
We come to pray for peace within our community. Help us to build a place of trust and responsibility where none go without the needs of life. Give us the courage to reach out to one another when there is a need to be filled, and to become the body of Christ.
We come to pray for the vision of peace in all nations. Please be with the leaders who carry the responsibility of creating a nation that is interested in each citizen, not just the rich and powerful. Help us understand there is enough for all if we decide to share what we have.
We come to pray for our world full of your goodness, but many live with pain, hunger, lack of work, war, sorrow, and unnecessary death because of ignorance and greed. At times, the need for peace is overwhelming, but we can make a difference if each one does their part. We can build the Peaceable Kingdom!
Walk with us on the path to peace and help us be the good disciples you have called us to be. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Is There One Who Feels Unworthy?,” 526 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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.
God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.
Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.
God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.
Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.
God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Uruguay, the country we pray for today.
Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.
God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.
May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.
Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, DPP@CofChrist.org