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 Solomon Islands, a nation located in the South Pacific east of Papua New Guinea.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 53:3-5 NRSV
He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
Prayer for Peace
Donna M. Pratt
Out of the silence we come to you.
To you who gives voice to the thunder and to the laughter of children,
To you who allows us to see the beauty of your earth which was created for us to use wisely,
Who allows us to smell the new mown hay as well as the bread freshly baked for your holy sacrament, or to share with a neighbor,
Who allows us to touch hands in friendship and to soothe the brow of those who are at times troubled and weary.
We ask that you create in us a new being,
a being that is hungering for peace.
One that would go the second mile, and the third, and the fourth. Help us to have hearts that respond positively when we think that we are wronged.
Help us to see “the other side” of every situation in which we are involved
For we know, dear God, that it is through our faith in you
That we are blessed.
And this blessing can, when used correctly,
Bring about that peace for which we have yearned so long.
With the lighting of the candle, let us center our thoughts on peace.
Peace...what a beautiful sound.
Let it start with me. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Rejected and Despised” number 462 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 from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
Within all aspects of our lives and our world exist situations and conditions that need the healing touch of the Holy. Will you join with me to listen to the voice that speaks peace to each of us from beyond the farthest hills, from the infinite heavens above, and the vast seas below?
Listen to the voice that invites you to surrender your fears and frustrations, anger, and anxieties, and to await with an open heart the peace that only Christ can bring. Allow the one who seeks only the best for you to offer the comfort you seek.
Listen to the voice that whispers the invitation to reconciliation with those whose lives, words, decisions, or actions have wounded you. May you find space in your heart for healing to occur in your relationships with brothers and sisters, as well as your enemies.
Listen to the voice that calls all into unity and oneness. We remember all nations, including Solomon Islands, the country we pray for today. May we be attuned to hear the cries for mercy, forgiveness and generosity. Listen to the one who reminds us that in the welfare of another resides our own well-being.
Listen to the voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. The Earth shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of our greed and conflicts. Listen to creation which struggles to provide life to the seas, the hills, and the heavens above.
May the one who spoke calm to the storm and stilled the waves with a word, bring peace to us and through us. May we be among those whose lives whisper, shout, and proclaim peace to those far and near for the sake of God’s shalom. Amen.
Be witnesses of hope,
Shed tears for injustice, and
Make a difference in the world.
Go in peace.