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 Hong Kong, located on the south coast of China and is a special administrative region of that country. Hong Kong, which means “fragrant harbour” in chinese, is a strong and prosperous manufacturing and financial center of China.
Scripture Reading—Romans 14:19
Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Christine Ober
As a child I drew near, I loved to hear “the” stories.
As a teen, I began to decide for myself—you were sometimes in my way.
As a young adult, I took a wrong turn down a dark path—I had lost you.
As an adult, I began to search for you. And only when I became as the Child that I once knew, did I find you again.
How you must have cried watching me stumble and fall, broken and hurting.
Thank you, dear Father, for my journey. I now have peace and I love to tell the stories.
I would ask you Father, that all creatures of this world begin searching for peace.
Because I know when the search begins, your kingdom will come into their existence.
Until then, may your comforter dry all the tears of this world and of the heavens. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Oh, How Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” number 378 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 Hong Kong, 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, DPP@CofChrist.org