Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Egypt, located in northeast Africa. Egypt links this continent with Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, dating to the tenth millennium BC as one of the first nation states, with Ancient Egypt considered to be the cradle of civilization.
Scripture Reading—Ephesians 4:31-33 NRSV
Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Prayer for Peace
Our kind Heavenly Parent:
We are thankful for the presence of thy Spirit with us.
Help us in remembering that
Peace begins with the little things.
Peace indicates a calm, quietness—
Reflected in all of the body.
The smile—a facial expression in harmony
with the love of God, and a joy to share.
An attitude befitting to the Will of God.
A tranquil voice of composure,
with wisdom and strength from you.
A willingness to listen, and to help
by way of an understanding spirit.
One step closer, for Christ,
His team-mate in reverence and respect.
With the patience and support of our creator,
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 278 in Community of Christ Sings, “There's a Church within Us.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 278.
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 then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.
Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.
God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?
Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.
Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Egypt, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.
God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.
Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.
May blessings of peace
Be realized today
Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.
Go in peace.