Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
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 (lat-vee-uh), located in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.
Scripture Reading—Ephesians 6:23-24
Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Charles Kornman
Creator God—yet more than creator.
Dreamer of dreams—yet more than dreamer.
It is so easy to dream our own dreams of peace as we listen to the “music of the spheres.”
We sit by the river listening to its muted rumble.
Trucks rolling by on the highway add their descant to the symphony.
Trains clickety clack their way across the refrain as the wind in the junipers plays the melody.
Flowers in profusion proclaim your extravagance.
Snowflakes without number declare: unending are your works.
The horizons stretch beyond our seeing: endless is your name.
From this quiet stillness
From this unconcerned-about-results feeling
From this bathing of our souls in the beauty of your holiness
We return to sue for peace
because we hear the true certain sound of the trumpet.
We thank you for dreams.
We thank you for quietness.
We thank you for urgency.
Perhaps, most of all,
we thank you for victory already ours.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” number 605 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 605.
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.