Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space. The Temple “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 Tunisia (tyoo-NIZ-ee-uh), a nation in the northernmost part of Africa. It is considered to be the only full democracy in the Arab World. Its inhabitants began farming the area from the Nile Valley to the Fertile Crescent region about 5,000 BC.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 37:39-40 NRSV
The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and rescues them;
he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
because they take refuge in him
Prayer for Peace
Our coming together isn’t just as a group of friends. We are a group of disciples responding to your invitation to worship. You have gathered us to express praise and gratitude to you and to proclaim good news. We pray that our response to your invitation glorifies you.
Our prayers for peace for the planet express our gratitude for your creation. We know that our care for that creation doesn’t always reflect the gratitude we feel and we want to do better. Make us aware of ways to bring peace to where there is not peace in creation, where our actions and choices are harmful to the earth. Stir in us the will to make needed changes, in our own lives and in our communities.
Thank you for the privilege of worshiping you this morning. Bless our efforts even as we bless you, we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Between Our Thoughts” number 163 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.
Within all aspects of our lives and our world exist situations and conditions that need the healing touch of the Holy. Will you join with me to listen to the voice that speaks peace to each of us from beyond the farthest hills, from the infinite heavens above, and the vast seas below?
Listen to the voice that invites you to surrender your fears and frustrations, anger, and anxieties, and to await with an open heart the peace that only Christ can bring. Allow the one who seeks only the best for you to offer the comfort you seek.
Listen to the voice that whispers the invitation to reconciliation with those whose lives, words, decisions, or actions have wounded you. May you find space in your heart for healing to occur in your relationships with brothers and sisters, as well as your enemies.
Listen to the voice that calls all into unity and oneness. We remember all nations, including Tunisia, the country we pray for today. May we be attuned to hear the cries for mercy, forgiveness and generosity. Listen to the one who reminds us that in the welfare of another resides our own well-being.
Listen to the voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. The Earth shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of our greed and conflicts. Listen to creation which struggles to provide life to the seas, the hills, and the heavens above.
May the one who spoke calm to the storm and stilled the waves with a word, bring peace to us and through us. May we be among those whose lives whisper, shout, and proclaim peace to those far and near for the sake of God’s shalom. Amen.
Be witnesses of hope,
Shed tears for injustice, and
Make a difference in the world.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)