Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Equatorial Guinea, a nation in Central Africa. It is the only sovereign African state in which Spanish is the national language.
Scripture Reading—John 12:46 NRSV
I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.
Prayer for Peace
Janné C. Grover
God of Shalom,
Yours is the peace we proclaim, the peace we long for, and the peace that is realized when justice is our common purpose through Christ. The peace for which we strive is your kingdom, the kingdom that was present in Jesus. It is an upside-down kingdom where servanthood replaces political posturing, where “Us” and “Them” become “We,” where human worth is, and where creation is liberated from human greed.
We confess our complacency and complicity that keep true and lasting peace in fragile infancy at best. Forgive our resistance to confronting assumptions, biases, and prejudices that perpetuate racism and systems of injustice.
We know that if we proclaim the peace of Jesus Christ, then we must challenge the kingdoms of this world that promote fear, division, greed, violence, and needless suffering. Even as we pray for peace, we confess our unwillingness to courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to your reconciling and restoring purposes. Help us realize the transforming power of your shalom if we seek it with the intention of looking deeply into who we are, and allow it to shape who we are called to be.
Disrupt our comfortable sense of “us-ness.” Grant us the courage to open the borders of our hearts and welcome the “other,” and recognize Christ in the faces of all your beloved children. Help us walk through this world awakened to what it means to belong to each other…to belong to your kingdom of shalom.
May our prayers for peace disrupt our status quo and lead us into actions of reconciliation, restoration, and justice for the sake of all the world you so dearly love.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who is our peace. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “We Would See Jesus,” No. 35 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 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.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Equatorial Guinea, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.