Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space. The Temple “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Angola, located on the western coast of Southern Africa. It is the seventh largest country in Africa. Portuguese is its official language, reflecting just one of the influences of having once been a Portuguese colony.
Scripture Reading—Numbers 6:24-26
‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
Prayer for Peace
Author: Alice Parker
We bow our heads and pray for peace.
Let war and hate and greed now cease.
Let vicious thoughts and acts unkind,
Be taken from our hearts and minds.
Take pride in self and things acquired
And let true justice be desired.
Take the suffering and the pain
That hope and joy in life may reign.
Take the scenes of war and guns,
Preserve your daughters and your sons.
Creator, yes, we pray for peace,
Where captive souls may find release
From lives trapped now in fear and grief,
Oh, let them know and feel relief.
Let justice be a way of life
To ease the suffering, pain, and strife.
Let those who govern never fail
The ones they serve, let truth prevail.
And, Father, we pray most of all
That each of us may hear your call
To reach out with a helping hand
And serve with love in every land.
And let our lips with joy proclaim
To all, the sound of your Son’s name.
Today’s hymn is “Dear God, We Come This Hour to Ask” number 543 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 Angola, 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.