Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space. The Temple “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 the United Kingdom, a nation in Western Europe. It is a constitutional monarchy that consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 85:38c
...above all things, clothe yourselves with the bonds of charity, as with a mantle, which is a bond of perfectness and peace; pray always, that you may not faint until I come…
Prayer for Peace
James O’Neil DeAtley
O God of all the prophets, collectively, we rejoice in the foretaste of your peaceable realm and your promised coming. As we seek your peace on and for the earth, may our remembrance of you be a call to action for us. Grant us wisdom for the transforming mission to which all are called.
Redeeming God, as we seek to know your will, help us to listen attentively to the telling of our sacred stories. May our heritage, sacraments, scriptures, and faith, these gifts of inspired phrases and symbols, empower us and illuminate our path along the journey.
Grant us the courage to risk something new, to be your hands and feet in the world, a prophetic people who courageously challenge the cultural, political, and religious trends that contradict your divine will. Remind us that when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are in service to you.
Restoring God, whose love streams like freshwater into the deserts of our lives, show us again that we are all one. Open our ears to the pleadings of people in all nations, desperately seeking a future of hope. We know full well that creation yearns for the liberating truths of your gospel. And yet, when faced with the suffering and sins of the world, how often do we retreat to spaces of privilege, comfort, and complacency. Forgive us.
Living Spirit, you are the mother hen gathering her chicks beneath her wings, the good shepherd actively searching for the lost sheep. As we seek your peace, guide us together in holy discernment. Help us to pursue what matters most for the journey ahead.
May we not be found seeking escape from this world. Rather, let us be the change we wish to see, workers in the cause of Zion, instruments of your joy, hope, love, and peace. In the name of the One whose name we claim, the giver of peace. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” number 405 in Community of Christ Sings. You may 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 context for our Prayers of the People begin with ourselves and move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including United Kingdom, the country we pray for today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the Earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.