Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.” “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Ireland, a nation in the North Atlantic Ocean. This nation is the second-largest island of the British Isles. Ireland is known for its history, culture and beauty.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 27:54 NRSV
Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Prayer for Peace
Slowly, hesitantly the knowledge of your presence in our lives begins to dawn. We open the eyes of our soul and see your all-encompassing compassion and healing love. A morning of hope is brightening.
We leave behind our refusals, our grumpiness, our badmouthing of neighbors, our deep festering hurts, our resentments, our failed dreams. We cast these down! We let them go…and feel the tingle in the breath of freedom.
And hark! What is coming? The sight of a Savior. Oh my God! Our Savior is riding on a donkey with dusty feet. Oh Hosanna, my Lord! You are coming in this morning of renewal.
We rise! We come…to worship you! Hosanna!
Your face turns to love us. We bow inside our souls as we realize you know us. You understand us as we are. You touch our brokenness and cleanse. We connect with your Spirit.
We move! Love springs forth from our hearts! Kindness is the daily message of our mouths. Faith permeates our souls. We feel the anointing of our heads with the conviction of your amazing, amazing grace.
Today’s hymn is “When in Our Music God Is Glorified” number 1 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 context for our Prayers of the People begin with ourselves and move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Ireland, the country we pray for today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the Earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.