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 Afghanistan, a nation in the Greater Middle East. It is bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China and India. Human habitation in Afghanistan dates back to the Middle Paleolithic Era, and the country’s strategic location along the Silk Road connected it to the cultures of the Middle East and other parts of Asia.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 55:6-7 NRSV
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Prayer for Peace
Dear Heavenly Creator,
We come today, thankful for the privilege of living on this beautiful planet. We pray for peace that we might enjoy the beauties and bounties of this Earth.
We pray for peace between religions—for open minds and loving hearts that no more evil would be done to others in the name of religion.
We pray for peace among different races. Let us look upon each other and see others the way you see us—with love and understanding.
We ask for peace among nations and countries—for leaders who can guide us toward tolerance and acceptance.
And please help us to find peace within our families, for families are the foundation of our world.
Lastly, allow us to find peace in ourselves. Help us to love and accept ourselves, as you love and accept us. We ask all these things, if it be your will, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Now Sing to Our God” number 108 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 Afghanistan, 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.