Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Monaco, located in Europe. Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. Monaco has an area of only 2.02 km (less than one square mile) and a population of about 38,400.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 121:1-2 NRSV
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Prayer for Peace
We come now in our service of worship to pray for peace. We do this each day at this hour. We trust that our prayers may be acceptable unto you. We are grateful for the presence of your Spirit in our lives to this point, and for the strong evidences of your love, as we have turned and opened our minds and hearts to you.
And now we pray for peace. Our Father, hear our prayer.
There is a great need for peace in our world today. But we feel so helpless as we watch nations and peoples fight among themselves and not seek for understanding.
We pray for peace.
Our hearts also go out to friends and neighbors who seek peace in their lives and find it difficult to obtain. Help each person who seeks peace to recognize it by the presence of your Spirit dwelling with them.
And so, we pray for peace.
Finally, we sense the need for the presence of your peace to be in our own personal lives. When we are not at one with you we miss the indwelling of your Spirit that supports us and encourages us. When we are at peace we can be examples to others that peace is possible when your presence is with us. Help us to be an instrument of your peace.
We pray for peace.
Today’s hymn is 309 in Community of Christ Sings, “Put Peace into Each Other's Hands.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 309.
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 context for our Prayers of the People 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.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Monaco, the country we pray for today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.