Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Sudan, located in Northern Africa. Sudan is the third-largest country in Africa. Also known as North Sudan, this country was home to numerous ancient civilizations, most of which flourished along the Nile river which divides the country into eastern and western halves.
Scripture Reading—Jeremiah 29:4-5, 7, 11
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Bel Nor, Missouri Congregation Home Fellowship
We lift our voices in prayer because we want peace in the world. However, we are aware that obtaining peace is a process and must begin with us. Open our hearts to your peaceful spirit that we may grow in understanding. Help us practice the concepts of peace, like sharing and giving and loving, that those around us may recognize these principles as habits for a good life.
Our hope for peace is that, like the mustard seed, it will be planted and nourished over time that it will grow and grow to fill the hearts of all. We ask, Abba, that you will show us the steps to the Kingdom of Peace. Give us tolerance that prejudice may lessen. Give us love and honor in our own households, that your children will grow up with a strong conviction of peace.
Give us courage to promote peace among those who are blinded by anger, or living in pain, anguish, or degradation: or those who may be in situations that we cannot begin to imagine. We lift our prayers with mighty voices that we might remember that all people are created in your image and are worthy of respect.
We ask a blessing on those in positions of authority that they may have wisdom in dealing with world events beyond our direct control. Open their eyes to the fact that education of the poor is a primary step to peace. Keep our hearts open to the kinship of humanity that we will know the people of the earth as brothers and sisters. And, although we are all different, that we are all very worthy of your love.
We ask, Heavenly Parent, in the belief of peace and knowing that you love your creation and want us to live in harmony and joy. Help the inhabitants of earth to become the best we can be—a mirror of yourself.
We make this prayer in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “There Is a Balm in Gilead” number 234 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 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 Sudan, 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.