Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Indonesia, located in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is home to more than 17,000 islands of which 8000 are inhabited and over 300 languages spoken. Indonesia contains beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and wildlife-filled jungles.
Scripture Reading—Romans 12:17-18
Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Arthur Gardner
O God, the Eternal Father, in this sacred space dedicated to the pursuit of peace I humbly ask you to open our minds to the sweetness of the Spirit. May you incline our ears to the wisdom of your word, to fill our hearts with the vastness of your compassion.
Instill in us the wish to be persons of peace, who internalize a code of personal attitude and behavior that honors your wish for servanthood to bring calm where there is turmoil, order where there is chaos, reassurance where there is fear and apprehension.
Make us, O God, instruments of your peace. Lead us into situations where reconciliation can be freeing and fulfilling and help us to be agents of that reconciliation.
May your peace move upwards in rising spirals from the lives of individuals to the interaction within families and communities, until the nations of the world turn their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, and your kingdom of peace is a reality in this world and in our lives.
Hear us O God; in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Make Us, O God, a Church That Shares” number 657 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 Indonesia, 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.