Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Seychelles, (say-shelz), a nation in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. It is an archipelago of 115 islands and is home to the rare, giant Aldabra tortoises.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 12:18-21 NRSV
“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.
He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
Prayer for Peace
Lord, we call upon you as our Father and our God to be with all humankind.
May your spirit be among us to bring peace to all souls.
We know there is much turmoil in the lives of many of your children.
We know you must grieve as you witness the unrest in many nations and in the lives of individuals.
It is our desire to be peacemakers and be an influence for good in the world and for this cause.
Grant us the patience and wisdom as we think upon this goal of peace for all.
We know the task is enormous and we need your spirit to be with us to lead and guide our thoughts and actions.
Let us be co-workers in this endeavor and we give our thanks to you.
These things we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Who Is My Mother, Who Is My Brother?” number 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 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 Seychelles, 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.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)