Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The 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 Afghanistan, located within the Greater Middle East. It is bordered by Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, China and India. Human habitation in Afghanistan dates back to the Middle Paleolithic Era, and the country’s strategic location along the Silk Road connected it to the cultures of the Middle East and other parts of Asia.
Scripture Reading—2 Peter 1:2
May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Carol Oliver Wilkins
Almighty Author of Creation, let your kingdom come.
Help us, O Lord, to become the pure in heart;
Those who will inherit the kingdom prepared for us.
Give us understanding as we search for truth.
Guide our thoughts and choices as we attempt to stay on the path of righteous living.
Diminish our practice of self-will and increase our concepts of You.
Let your peace flow down upon us like rivers of hope springing eternal, that we may proclaim our faith in your plan for a peaceful world.
Grant us the patience and longsuffering for an unending search for peace in relationships with each other and with you.
Let us be your instruments for peace, above all, in our community, our home, and a world longing,
struggling for liberty,
We pray from the depths of our hearts in the name of Christ. Amen
Today’s hymn is “God's Melody of Peace” number 319 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 Afghanistan, 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, DPP@CofChrist.org