Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where we are called to, “above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Dominican Republic, a nation in the Greater Antilles that occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola with Haiti occupying the remainder of the island. Christopher Columbus landed on the island In 1492, which the Taíno people had inhabited since the 7th century.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 12:15-18
When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
Prayer for Peace
Dear Father in Heaven, without thee we can do little. All praise be to you for your plan for humankind to live in joy. Yet we fall so short of what you want for us or would have us be. Thank you for your Holy Spirit which enters our hearts and minds from time to time to urge us to repent and challenges us to greater effort.
First, we need peace in our hearts no matter what is happening around us. Knowing that you will accomplish this for us when we call on you is a great blessing and comfort. When we can live each day in that kind of serenity and love, we can pass that on to others.
We pray that you will influence each Christian heart to remember you daily and so strive to bring peace into the hearts of so many broken souls.
We ask in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer. Amen.
The hymn for today is, “Who Is My Mother, Who Is My Brother?” It's 336 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 the planet.
Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.
Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.
Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.
Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including Dominican Republic, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.
God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.
May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.