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 Syria, in Western Asia. The capital of Syria, Damascus, is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 117:13
Let contentions and quarrelings among you cease. Sustain each other in peace, and ye shall be blessed with my Spirit, in comforting and strengthening you for my work.
Prayer for Peace
God of Love, we have come to you this hour not to ask for Divine intervention, but to ask that we may answer your call of peace and love in the world. God, we know that you are good. God, we know that you are love. God, we know that you are constantly at work in the world and in people’s lives, bringing about the change that only we, as people who are immersed in your love, can create.
I pray that we may become aligned in our hearts, in our thoughts, and most importantly, in our actions. If actions speak louder than words, then we are only whispering with ours. Other people have responded to your call with great enthusiasm, and they are the ones shouting God’s love with their actions.
Social injustices run rampant in our world today, and we, as God’s people, cannot simply feel God in our hearts. We must feel God in the completeness of our beings. We must get up and actively seek in the world to do God’s will. Many of us, God, know what is right and wrong we are just too scared to do anything about it. We fear getting out of our comfort zone. We fear having to do what it takes to change the world.
Change is never easy to experience. It brings something strange and new into the world, making it different from how it was before. But we have power not just to be affected by change, but to effect change itself.
So, we come to you today, God, not to ask for you to come down and fix everything for us, but to pray that we may become more in tune with you than we ever have been, even if it is just a little bit more than the day before.
We ask you to shape us with your shalom so we are looking down the same path as you; so we can see fully what needs to be done to stop and change the injustices of the world so that we can shape the world in the name of love. May we all be more responsive to your call of peace and love. In the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace” number 316 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.
Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.
God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?
Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.
Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Syria, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.
God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.
Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.
May blessings of peace
Be realized today
Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org