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 Saint Lucia, a nation in the eastern Caribbean.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 4:3-8 NRSV
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”
You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.
Prayer for Peace
Dear Heavenly Parent,
During tumultuous times we all become acutely aware of how often we forget to turn to you. Yet, because you love us, you hear us. You listen to our agony; you hear our pain, you celebrate our victories and our joys. We forget to seek you in good times, even as we quickly seek you in bad times.
We cannot be called Christians if we forget Christ’s example. He loved who society said was unlovable; he empathized with who leaders said should be ignored; stood up for who the world said should be stood on.
We know that true peace can only be achieved where justice reigns, and we ask you for this today. Justice for those oppressed, maligned, marginalized, dismissed, murdered, and forgotten.
Help us be bringers of justice and harbingers of peace. Go before us and prepare the way for what some would say is unthinkable. Let our faith be the mustard seed needed to move the mountain of injustice and unrest to reveal a valley of peace and prosperity.
We thank you for your presence and ask these things in your son’s name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Sing Praise for Rain That Washes Earth” number 494 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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.
God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.
Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.
God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.
Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.
God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Saint Lucia, the country we pray for today.
Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.
God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.
May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.
Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.
Go in peace.