Antigua and Barbuda—map
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space that “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 Antigua (an+TEE+guh)and Barbuda (baa+BYOO+duh), located between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean and consisting of two major inhabited islands.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 26:7-9, 12
The way of the righteous is level;
O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.
In the path of your judgments,
O Lord, we wait for you;
your name and your renown
are the soul’s desire.
My soul yearns for you in the night,
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
O Lord, you will ordain peace for us,
for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.
Prayer for Peace
Holy Spirit, Lord and Life-Giver, divine presence, divine-power, divine wisdom, divine life, divine Love. Gracious Spirit, come, we pray, into our lives. Help us to walk by faith, as Abraham and Sarah did. Form in us the peace, which passes understanding.
Become in us a well of living water, and so quench the thirst of our hearts. Heal us of self-centeredness that we may freely turn towards our neighbors and our enemies. Break us of pride, that the love of Christ may have place in us. Intercede for us, for we are far weaker than we dare to think. Remake us that our lives may give to our weary world a glimpse of God’s kingdom. Sanctify all God’s people that they may work for righteousness and justice.
Fill us with the joy of heaven, that we may do your will on Earth. Fit us for service now and prepare us for the life of the age to come. Through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Christ Has Called Us to New Visions” number 566 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 Antigua and Barbuda, 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.