Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Chile (chi-lē), a nation on a long, narrow strip of land along the west coast of South America. This beautiful country hosts great mineral wealth in copper, forests, grazing lands, volcanoes, lakes as well as fjords, canals, and islands.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3c
There are subtle, yet powerful, influences in the world, some even claiming to represent Christ, that seek to divide people and nations to accomplish their destructive aims. That which seeks to harden one human heart against another by constructing walls of fear and prejudice is not of God. Be especially alert to these influences, lest they divide you or divert you from the mission to which you are called.
Prayer for Peace
God of Creation, and Light, and Life, we acknowledge your presence throughout the universe which surrounds us, the Earth which is our home, and in the eyes and hearts of our sisters and brothers which populate this magnificent globe.
O God of Creation, we pray that we may look upon the Earth and all things associated with it, as gifts created by you. May we see the land and the air, the seas and the rivers, the forests and the mountains as creations of yours, designed to support the life of all living things, and to support and enhance the life of humankind.
O God of Light, we pray that your Spirit will so engulf the hearts of people that clouds of fear, doubt and hatred will be forever blotted out. May our very souls be mirrors to reflect your light for all to see. May that reflected light radiate beams of peace, harmony, and love to each other and to all of your creation.
O God of Life, we pray that we will recognize all life as precious and priceless gifts from you. May we use our energies each day in ways which testify of you as our source of life and peace and contentment. May our lives be a blessing to our families, and friends, and to all people.
God of Creation, and Light, and Life, we humbly ask this prayer on behalf of the peoples of the Earth, and all of your creation. We do so in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer and Friend. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “God of Every Generation” number 361 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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.
God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.
God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.
God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Chile, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.
God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.
May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.
To motivate us to work for peace.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)