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 the Philippines, located in Southeast Asia. This country is comprised of more than 7,000 islands in the Western Pacific.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:2a
Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God's shalom, invites all people to come and receive divine peace in the midst of the difficult questions and struggles of life. Follow Christ in the way that leads to God's peace and discover the blessings of all of the dimensions of salvation.
Prayer for Peace
We gather together, in the peacefulness and quiet of this moment, to give thanks to you for the goodness we find around us. When we pause to contemplate your creation, we are amazed at what we find. From the smallest flower to the magnificence of oceans and mountains, we see you at work, and we thank you that we can live in your world.
O God, while we are awed by the world around us, we find ourselves to be troubled people on a troubled planet. We have not always used its resources in ways that express the stewardship that you have given us. We have often found ourselves in conflict with each other. That conflict has expressed itself through abuse, violence, and war. We long for peace.
We pray, O God, that all of humanity will be touched by your spirit, that each of us might see how we can turn our lives more completely toward you and follow your pathway of peace. May we find ways to care for each other so that we might learn of your ways through simple acts of kindness. May we learn how to avoid the horror and tragedy of war and violence. May we find ways to resolve our most difficult conflicts.
We pray for peace in your world in Jesus' name. Amen.
Today's hymn is "How Shall We Find You," number 10 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 then, enlarging life's circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, "Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole."
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, "Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one."
Lord of all Earth's people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including the Philippines, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, "Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one."
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, "Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one."
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.