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 Azerbaijan (ah-zer-bahy-jahn), a nation at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe bounded by the Caspian Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Iran.
Scripture Reading—2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NRSV
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
Prayer for Peace
Our Father who art in heaven,
We are thankful for the many blessings in our past, that allow us to know your love, and that bring us closer to you. Also, for those times when you have directed our paths so that we could bring peace and joy to others.
We pray for peace in our lives and live so that we demonstrate that desire. Direct our thoughts and actions so that others will see that quality in us and join in bringing about peace for individuals, in family situations, and in communities where we live.
Help us to have the courage to face injustices in our world and the knowledge and power to thwart those injustices when we see them occur. May we study and prepare ourselves to help those who need our service.
Lord, we desire to minister to our family, our friends and those in our neighborhood with whom we share our lives. May we reach out the hand of fellowship to the lonely, the disadvantaged, the weak, the oppressed and the unlovable, and be a friend and help them to find our friend, Jesus.
We have been taught to be humble and full of love. But strengthen us so that when adversity comes we can stand for that which is right. Inspire our minds that we may know the way to go and not stumble and fall when we are striving to do your will.
Keep us always in your care and in the arms of your love. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “When We Seek Language” number 61 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 Azerbaijan, 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.