Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Poland, located in Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea to the north and mountain ranges in the south.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 33:1, 4-5
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright.
For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
Prayer for Peace
Author: I.B. Joshua
We kneel at your feet and come to wipe your feet with the tears of our sufferings.
You gave this world to us as a universe; we are giving the world back to you in pieces.
O Lord! We are living in one house called Earth:
but in different rooms that separate us by the names of countries.
The doors are locked with religion,
Windows are closed with nationalism which cannot be opened
So, our house is filled with the darkness called violence.
Now we are blind;
Tied up with the rope of poverty.
We cannot hear the cries of injustice outside our door,
Where there is disrespect to human beings in the name of sexism.
And, our Father, our physical bodies suffer from the environment,
which we have poisoned with toxins to the point of worry for global warming.
Everyone is fighting for the borders, but not for the air which we are breathing,
So please, Almighty, please open the door with the key of peace,
Mold our world with the paste of peace,
Show us your truth with the light of peace,
As you gave your son to wash away our sins.
Give us peace as you dwell within our hearts.
In the name of you, Almighty God, we pray,
Shalom for ever and ever. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Sing of Colors” number 332 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 332.
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 this day begin with ourselves and then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.
Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.
God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?
Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.
Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Poland, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.
God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.
Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.
May blessings of peace
Be realized today
Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.
Go in peace.