Indigenous Peoples of Europe
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 Indigenous Peoples of Europe. Indigenous populations in Europe include the Basque people of northern Spain and southern France, the Sami people of northern Scandinavia, the Nenets and other Samoyedic peoples of the northern Russian Federation, and the Komi peoples of the western Urals, beside the Circassians in the North Caucasus.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 108:1-5
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples,
and I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and let your glory be over all the earth.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Elizabeth Else
What a beautiful world you created, are creating and will continue to create. So many systems; so many species; so many intricate patterns, colours, shapes and sizes. Each piece has a purpose, and yet, each is part of a whole.
Humankind has been part of that whole. For eons, Earth has given, sustained and nurtured us as we lived within her systems. And yet now we have become so separated from it. We seem to pride ourselves on domination, trophy hunting, consumption, destruction, greed and the ability to remove ourselves from nature’s influence. We manufacture bubbles of business, comfort, and superiority.
We have become aliens on this planet, ignoring the needs of Earth. Now Earth moans and shakes, and we groan and shudder. We are all ailing. And if we listen closely enough, Lord, we can hear you weep.
You gave us agency that we have misused. We are profoundly sorry. Please forgive us and grant us the eyes we need to see your vision for this Earth. We know we will need to change our attitudes and behaviours and it will not be easy. Please grant us the courage to do so. Help us be open to new ways so that we can be transformed by your grace. In this way we will fulfill the call to us to co-create, sustain and care for this Earth in ways for your purposes of the Peaceable Kingdom.
In Your Most Holy Name
Today’s hymn is “Now Sing to Our God” number 108 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.
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 peoples, including the Indigenous Peoples of Europe, for whom we pray 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.