Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mauritius (maw-RISH-uhs), located in the Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent.
Scripture Reading—Leviticus 19:33-34, NRSV
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Prayer for Peace
The peace that Christ gives is the peace that God has called us together in one body.
We affirm that we hold this peace in our hands to enfold it and treasure it but, also, in expectancy, to share it.
Help us to use the spiritual disciplines we have been gifted with through your loving grace to put this peace into others’ hands and lives.
This is the peace born out of righteousness for we know peace is not possible until people’s hearts—our hearts—and the direction of our wills are changed.
Grant that the promised day may soon come when the peoples of the earth can live in true peace with one another. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 309 in Community of Christ Sings, “Put Peace into Each Other's Hands.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 309.
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 from this Temple of peace 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 Mauritius, 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.