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 Peru. This nation in western South America is extremely biodiverse, with arid plains, Andes mountain peaks, and tropical rain forests. Peru was home to ancient cultures, including one of the oldest civilizations, dating to 3200 BC.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:9 NRSV
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Prayer for Peace
Marvin J. Rice
O God, our Creator, whose Spirit moved upon the face of that creation and declared all things as good; O God, our Sustainer, whose Spirit moves among all the people of the earth, “And art preserving us from day to day by lending us breath,” we humbly approach your throne at this moment to petition you.
May that same creating, sustaining Spirit grant us your peace.
Let the peace of your Spirit reside in the hearts of people until there is no room for fear or hatred or doubt. Let the peace of your Spirit reside in our homes until husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister are filled with the desire to live in harmony and to uphold the worth of each family member.
Let the peace of your Spirit live within us so that we may become ambassadors of your peace throughout all the world.
And let the peace of your Spirit always be abundant in this sanctuary. May it touch the lives and hearts of all who enter here. And may they leave with the sure knowledge that you are in this place.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Christ Leads!” number 28 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 this day 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. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.
God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.
God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.
God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Peru, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.
God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.
May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.
To motivate us to work for peace.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)