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 Burkina Faso (br·kee·nuh faa·sow), located in West Africa and surrounded by six countries. French is its official language. The northwestern part of today’s Burkina Faso was first populated by hunter-gatherers between 14,000 and 5,000 BC.
Scripture Reading—Mosiah 11:207
How blessed are they! For they published peace; they published good tidings of good; and they declared to the people that the Lord reigns.
Prayer for Peace
Lord of love, you fashioned this Earth and the galaxies from the beauty in your spirit. They are so wonderfully made. You refresh our souls each time we connect with your handiwork. How is it then we can so wantonly desecrate, misuse, and overuse that that portrays your nature?
How vulnerable are the resources that come under our control! As humanity, we recognize the pain we bring on the trees, the water, the air, the minerals, the animals. Nature has no voice to cry out in its pain. We ask forgiveness.
Increase our awareness of stewardship over all that our hands touch, awaken our responsibility to teach our children the same. May we be found supporting organizations working to conserve and protect our natural resources. May we also be found lifting our voices in our communities, teaching and supporting wise use of your handiwork.
Bless us as we accept responsibility to bring peace to a kingdom that has voiceless subjects…the trees, the water, the air, the minerals, the animals. Even so, as we do peacemaking, we will be found restoring the image of Christ to our environment. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Oh, How Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit,” 378 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 Burkina Faso, 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.
Susan Naylor, DPP@CofChrist.org