Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Namibia, located on southern Africa’s western coast. This country, one of the least densely populated in the world, enjoys high political, economic and social stability.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5
The temple shall be dedicated to the pursuit of peace. It shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit. It shall also be for a strengthening of faith and preparation for witness. By its ministries an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered. It shall be the means for providing leadership education for priesthood and member. And it shall be a place in which the essential meaning of the Restoration as healing and redeeming agent is given new life and understanding, inspired by the life and witness of the Redeemer of the world.
Prayer for Peace
God of all nations,
We pray for all the people of the earth—those who are consumed in mutual hatred and bitterness, who make bloody war upon their neighbors, who tyrannously oppress, and those groaning under cruelty and subjection.
We pray for all those who bear rule and responsibility for outcast tribes, the backward and down-trodden, for the ignorant, wretched, and the enslaved, we beseech thee, teach humankind to live together in peace, no one exploiting the weak, no one hating the strong. Each race is working out its destiny, unfettered, self-respecting, fearless.
Teach us to be worthy of freedom, free from social wrong, free from individual oppression and contempt, pure of heart and hand, despising none, defrauding none—giving to all in all the dealings of life. The honor we owe to those who are thy children, whatever their color, their race, or their caste.
Today’s hymn is “All Are Welcome” number 276 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.
Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.
Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.
Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.
Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including Namibia, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.
God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.
May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, DPP@CofChrist.org