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 Mongolia, located in East Asia. It is a landlocked country with an incredible history and natural beauty. Mongolia’s nomadic culture is alive as is the country’s tremendous hospitality.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 98:4, 7-9
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Jake Goodier
we gather today with a shared vision,
A Vision of community,
A vision of unity,
A vision of peace.
We pray for peace between nations,
An end to wars and terror.
We pray for peace within nations—
an end to the political infighting that has plagued so many countries recently.
We pray for peace within our cities
An end to discrimination and social injustices. We pray for peace within our communities, for the end of poverty and sickness. We pray for peace within our homes. An end to the oft petty squabbles with our families.
Lord, we pray for peace within ourselves. For we know that this is the starting point of true peace.
Lord, let your peace fall upon us and make us instruments of your all-encompassing, everlasting peace.
Today’s hymn is “I Will Sing, I Will Sing” number 112 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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out 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 Mongolia, 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.