Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mali, located in West Africa. Its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert, while the southern part of the country, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers.
Scripture Reading—Ezekiel 37:26-27, NRSV
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Prayer for Peace
In the name of the Prince of Peace we pray, wanting to express our deep gratitude for your abiding love and grace.
We pray for persons who are experiencing the turmoil of brokenness which separates them from others and from sensing your presence. May your peace bring wholeness where there is brokenness.
We pray for persons who are experiencing the agony of physical pain which prevents the expression of joyful living. May your peace bring comfort amid such pain.
We pray for your creation of plant and animal. May humankind be wise in its stewardship of your generous handiwork. May all persons strive for peaceful living with all of creation.
We pray for the earth’s children. May the youth experience a peace that passes all understanding. May the adult children of God leave a legacy of true shalom for future generations.
May the peace of God dwell in our hearts, in our words and in our actions as we engage each other throughout our days. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 420 in Community of Christ Sings, “Star-Child.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 420.
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 Mali, 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.