Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Angola, located on the western coast of Southern Africa. It is the seventh largest country in Africa. Portuguese is its official language, reflecting just one of the influences of having once been a Portuguese colony.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:38-45
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Barrie Fox
We come at this time to thank you for your presence in our lives. May we continue to seek to develop a real and deep desire to become true peacemakers and, as such, to bring some support and encouragement to others. Help us find peace in our lives, seek to develop peace in our homes, in our families, in our friendships, and with the people we meet from day to day.
May we never forget to be willing to raise our voices to you in thankfulness for the blessings we undoubtedly have in life. Help us find opportunity and time to seek to lift and comfort those we come in contact with who have some real and demanding needs. From time to time, may we become more aware of your presence and, as we feel a sense of gratitude for the touch of the Holy Spirit, may we have an earnest desire to help others in their moments of genuine need.
Help us to find peace and encouragement in our lives and to seek to share these blessings with others. Please forgive us, Lord, for the times that we seem to look the other way and to set aside the opportunity to support others in their moments of need. Help us, we pray, to see the good in other people, to become better listeners, to share a warm handshake, and to offer words of comfort and encouragement. Enable us to find the courage to seek to respond on occasions where friendship and assistance are undoubtedly needed, and we can offer one or the other or indeed both of these.
Our world seems to be beset with so many challenging and demanding problems. Help us continue to face these with a real measure of faith, assurance, and understanding. May we, who have so much to be thankful for, seek to live our lives in true gratitude and with a real desire to help others as opportunities present themselves. It is in the name of Jesus Christ that we pray this prayer. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “When I Can Ache” number 590 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 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 Angola, 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.
Susan Naylor, DPP@CofChrist.org