Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The “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 Venezuela (veh·nuhz·wei·luh). Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela is bordered by Colombia, Brazil, Guyana and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Scripture Reading—Micah 6:6-8
“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Prayer for Peace
Russell E. Waterman
Dear Father in Heaven,
We desire to come into your presence with thanksgiving and praise for all the many blessings we enjoy in this life.
We thank you for the trials that we have been through that call us back to you in prayer and praise.
We ask forgiveness for our faults, failures, sins, and rebellion against your directions. We rejoice that you have said, “As often as my people will repent and come unto me, I will forgive.”
In your forgiveness we find peace and rest. In knowing this we come boldly into your presence, seeking that we might be the instruments in your hands to lead others to you, so they might also find rest in your love and peace.
We confess that there is no other to whom we can turn and find forgiveness and such perfect peace and rest, the peace that is beyond all understanding.
Father, we pray that we might have the mind of your son, Jesus the Christ in us, that we might be one with you. One in heart, one in mind, so that we might be a blessing of peace to all those we might have fellowship with in the future.
Help us keep your commandment to say peace be unto this place in Jesus’ name, that Peace might abound among your people wherever they might be found.
In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen!
Today’s hymn is “When the Church of Jesus,” 358 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 Venezuela, 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.