Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
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
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Suriname [sur·uh·naam], located in South America on the northeastern coast. It’s defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture, and a melting-pot culture.
Scripture Reading—1 John 4:7-9
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Alan Savage
Lord, we are tired. Your people are tired and worn, hurting and left with feelings of hopelessness.
A new year brought a heightened widespread pain, division, brokenness, and hate in our world. This coming after a year that already brought us these things through diseases, death, hate through racial and social injustice, and more.
This has left many of us feeling worried and uncertain of where we are headed. It may have many of us questioning and doubting more than ever. Words can’t even explain the feelings we feel as what we are left feeling is beyond words.
Lord, we know you see our tears and that you hear the cry of our hearts. You see our weariness; you FEEL our pain.
Help us renew our trust in you as your spirit is active if we only seek it out. The Holy Spirit is there to help heal us within so we may help spread that healing to all.
Help us give up our selfishness and open our broken hearts to bring caring and kindness towards others.
Give us the strength to put forth more energy to promote peace than those that want to promote violence. Help us let our WILL be stronger than theirs. For this is the only way the peace of Jesus Christ may become true throughout the world.
As your hands and feet, we must be willing to take up our march and stand by our convictions of peace, joy, hope, and love. Lord, give us strength to stand with my brothers and sisters in pain, my brothers and sisters that are persecuted. Help me recognize and understand my privilege, for that is when we can help be a part of the change.
Too often, we have allowed ourselves to be blinded to racial and social injustices. Help us to see everyone how you see everyone, ALL divinely created and ALL equally loved by you.
Many of us are tired, worn, and distraught from all the pain and hate. It weakens us, O Lord, to our core, hurting our spirit and soul, for we care so deeply that these times can cause us to lose hope and trust in you.
May we have the strength to ask for that healing and stand up when others would like to suppress our voices of reason and peaceful understanding. This is your calling for us. It is not easy to stand up to those that are shouting the loudest.
At times we may feel unqualified to this calling, but we must remember that you have qualified us, no matter our past, as long as we have come to your table and seek to have others join that table.
Like Daniel in the Lion’s Den, give me faith. Like Moses in the Wilderness, give me hope. May we accept your call to be champions of ALL and that we may invite ALL to the table.
We are a fearful people. But we must remember that fear is something we put on ourselves. Our faith in you can break through that fear. You can bring us out of the darkness and into the light.
Say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” Deliver us from those who would cause us pain and from diseases that would harm us. Cover us with your wings, using your faithfulness as our shield. Let us not fear the terrors of the night. [Adapted from Psalm 91:1-6]
Make us O’ Lord, a church that cares and shares; cares for ALL and shares the light to ALL.
These are the things we pray; in the peace of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “He Came Singing Love” number 226 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 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 Suriname, 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.