Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where 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 the Occupied Palestinian Territories, located in the Middle East. These territories include the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jordan, and Egypt. Palestinian territories, along with Israel, Jordan, parts of Lebanon, and Syria comprise land that is considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 60:1
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Prayer for Peace
Creator God, thank you for this time and space, for the opportunity to experience these few moments of quiet together, and to be with you. We live in an age when many things and events compete for our attention, energy, resources, and strength. It is so easy to be caught up in the moment, to fill our hearts and minds with the issues of “everydayness” that surrounds us.
Voices and material things replace and confuse the peaceful tranquility that you desire for us and that only you can provide. God, as we explore our humanness help us to find the complete awareness of your love and the plan you have set for us, collectively as well as individually.
Help us to look, not only within ourselves, but beyond self for the understanding of your will. Show us how to look for your image in those that we contact, to accept the differences and the unfamiliar. Let us be challenged, and stretched, and molded into your design, never to be content with mediocrity, to break the barriers of complacency and to demand from ourselves the very most.
Let there be joy in the acceptance of diversity. Let there be hope in pursuit of peace. Make us those instruments. Move us to respond to the love you offer, to take responsibility for the stewardship of life, starting with ourselves, to reach out into wider circles. For it is in these disciplines that we can be in the forefront and become the disciples, the movers, and shakers you require to bring forth your work. In your holy name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Arise, Your Light Is Come!” number 635 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 from this Temple of peace to include the human family and, ultimately, the planet.
Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.
Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.
Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.
Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including State of Palestine, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.
Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.
May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.
As we depart in joy,
Be part of transformations toward peace, and
Generate hope for the world.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org