Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.” “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Lebanon (leb-uh-nuhn), located in Western Asia. It is the smallest recognized country on the entire Asian continent. Evidence of an early settlement in Lebanon was found in Byblos, which is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to earlier than 5000 BC.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 106:1-3, 47-48
Praise the Lord!
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
or declare all his praise?
Happy are those who observe justice,
who do righteousness at all times.
Save us, O LORD our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise the LORD!
Prayer for Peace
Author: Gary McDonald
Dear Heavenly Parent,
Make us instruments of your peace. Let us realize in our heart of hearts, and know in our minds, that peace can be achieved only through people.
Let every single living person desire peace in their hearts, peace in their families, peace in their communities, and peace between nations.
Lord, let us realize that peace depends upon each one of us putting into action the art of peace. The art of peace is putting the power of good will to work.
Lord, help us mature in our human relationships to see that peace is sanity and common sense.
Peace is open-mindedness. It is a willingness to listen. It is looking at both sides of a situation objectively.
Lord, let us be patient. Let us keep our tempers from rising. Let us rise above petty irritations. Let us avoid hasty and impulsive decisions.
Give us courage and the humility to admit mistakes and to take the blame when we are wrong.
Lord, grant us vision to see possibilities. Let us be willing to give and forgive. Let us be willing to place the common good above our individual desires.
Let us see above all that you are that peace. Allow us a mighty faith in your divine goodness and in our own potential.
Let us see that in Jesus is the peace that passes all understanding.
In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” number 128 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 128.
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 Lebanon, 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.