Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Guatemala, a nation in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and the waters of the Pacific and Caribbean. It is the most populous state in Central America. Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 117 NRSV
Praise the Lord, all you nations!
Extol him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Prayer for Peace
Dear Heavenly Parent,
Make us instruments of your peace. Let us realize in our heart of hearts, and know in our minds, that peace can be achieved only through people.
Let every single living person desire peace in their hearts, peace in their families, peace in their communities, and peace between nations.
Lord, let us realize that peace depends upon each one of us putting into action the art of peace. The art of peace is putting the power of good will to work.
Lord, help us mature in our human relationships to see that peace is sanity and common sense.
Peace is open-mindedness. It is a willingness to listen. It is looking at both sides of a situation objectively.
Lord, let us be patient. Let us keep our tempers from rising. Let us rise above petty irritations. Let us avoid hasty and impulsive decisions.
Give us courage and the humility to admit mistakes and to take the blame when we are wrong.
Lord, grant us vision to see possibilities. Let us be willing to give and forgive. Let us be willing to place the common good above our individual desires.
Let us see above all that you are that peace. Allow us a mighty faith in your divine goodness and in our own potential.
Let us see that in Jesus is the peace that passes all understanding.
In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 364 in Community of Christ Sings, “Lord, Make Us Instruments.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn Number 364.
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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.
God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.
Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.
God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.
Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.
God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Guatemala, the country we pray for today.
Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.
God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.
May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.
Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.
Go in peace.