Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Guinea (GIN+ee), located on the West Coast of Africa. Guinea forms a crescent as it curves on the Atlantic Ocean to the west, toward Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast on the south and Senegal, Mali and Guinea-Bissau to its east. It was formerly known as French Guinea.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 165:6
Beloved Community of Christ, do not just speak and sing of Zion. Live, love, and share as Zion: those who strive to be visibly one in Christ, among whom there are no poor or oppressed. As Christ’s body, lovingly and patiently bear the weight of criticism from those who hesitate to respond to the divine vision of human worth and equality in Christ. This burden and blessing is yours for divine purposes. And, always remember, the way of suffering love that leads to the cross also leads to resurrection and everlasting life in Christ’s eternal community of oneness and peace. Trust in this promise.
Prayer for Peace
O God of peace, we gather today to rest for a few moments in your peaceful presence. We are grateful for the opportunity to do so, and we pray that your Holy Spirit will attend to us as we focus our attention on these things that make for peace.
We know, O God that you have made us for yourself, and for each other. We ask that we might have the courage and the wisdom to be present to the needs of others-that we might be willing to listen and to share our concern with those who are in need. We ask that we might be compassionate people-that we might understand the needs of others deeply within ourselves.
For we know that you have been compassionate with us through the sharing of your Son, Jesus Christ, who came and lived among us as one who lived as we live and who felt as we feel. We know that he entered into human life fully and that he experienced our own lack of peace even as he brought to us the possibility of peace.
Throughout the world today, O God, there are many who need your peace. Through war and persecution and famine, there are many who are in great need. We pray for them your blessing. There are others who are in need because of spite or broken relationships. We pray for them your healing. There are still others who are in despair because they sense their own incompleteness. We pray for them your wholeness.
As we gather together today in the peace and quietness of this moment, we are aware of the great needs throughout our world and within our own hearts. May our unease become an occasion for renewed commitment, and may your Holy Spirit call us to be agents of your peace. Teach us peace; bring us peace; make us agents of peace. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Breathe on Me, Breath of God,” number 190 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 Guinea, 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.