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 Latvia, a nation in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.
Scripture Reading—1 Corinthians 14:33 NRSV
For God is a God not of disorder but of peace.
Prayer for Peace
Almighty God of all,
Through the cleansing power of your pardon and love, we seek to serve you.
Help us strengthen our limbs, our wits, our tools and temporal means for this service.
In the face of hate and violence, help us to be the smile of love and the strength of meekness. In the face of physical hunger and helpless thirst for wisdom, may we be tears of compassion, providers of sustenance, and the teachers of your laws.
In the face of hopelessness and apathy, challenge us to joyful demonstration of kingdom living.
Through power of the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “God Who Cares for All Creation” number 14 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 Latvia, 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, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)