Indigenous Peoples of North America
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space. The Temple “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Indigenous Peoples of North America, located in Canada, Mexico and in all parts of the United States. These people are descendants of those who lived in North America prior to the arrival of Europeans in the late 15th century throughout the continent.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 29:1-2, 11
Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name;
worship the LORD in holy splendor.
May the LORD give strength to his people!
May the LORD bless his people with peace!
Prayer for Peace
Author: Barb Kroll
Thank you for this beautiful world you’ve created and put us in. Thank you for our beautiful surroundings.
But sometimes, we have mistreated our world with pollution, greed, and sin. For this, we are deeply sorry. Please forgive us, Lord.
And with that, help us forgive others for their faults. Help us forgive and love each other, for that will bring peace. Bring us reconciliation, Lord.
Please bring peace to the whole world. Help each person to develop peace within themselves, and then share peace with all your creation.
We know that peace is not the opposite of war. Peace includes justice. Therefore, let us treat everyone fairly, for everyone has the same amount of God-given worth.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Hevenu shalom alaychem” number 311 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 peoples, including the Indigenous Peoples of North America, for whom we pray 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, DPP@CofChrist.org