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 Ghana, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. Ghana is a land of diversity, with many cultures, religious, ethnic and linguistic groups living together as well as diverse geography and ecology. Due to its growing economic prosperity and democracy, it has become a regional power in West Africa.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:9 NRSV
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Prayer for Peace
Almighty God, help us to seek to develop a greater measure of spiritual perceptivity that will enable us to understand and appreciate you more. May we find it easier to recognize your presence more often and learn to trust you more ardently. We are so grateful that we have come to realize and to understand a little better what it means to have peace in our hearts. We pray for others we know who are needing and perhaps even seeking for that peace.
Enable us to get our priorities right when we are faced with what seem to be so many demands on our time, our abilities and our energies. Minister to us, we pray, when we feel frightened or foolish and enable us to find a greater willingness and ability to handle such moments and such times. We do pray that in our moments of worry, weakness and confusion, we may remain faithful.
Thank you for those who have brought light into our lives and those who have been an inspiration for us. Help us to become more sensitive to the needs of others and to have a greater willingness to offer encouragement and support where and when this is genuinely needed. When opportunities present themselves, may we seek to bring a measure of peace into the situations that arise. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 367 in Community of Christ Sings, “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 367.
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 Ghana, 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.