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 Croatia, a nation at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. The Croats have occupied the area of present-day Croatia since the early part of the 7th century AD.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11
God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Through divine grace and wisdom, this faith community has been given abundant gifts, resources, and opportunities to equip it to become such a people. Chief among these is the power of community in Christ expressed locally in distinctive fashions while upholding a unity of vision, foundational beliefs, and mission throughout the world.
There are many issues that could easily consume the time and energy of the church. However, the challenge before a prophetic people is to discern and pursue what matters most for the journey ahead.
Prayer for Peace
Oh Lord, Our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth.
Yahweh, Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai, Yeshua, Mashia, Jesus.
We come in Your name seeking the blessing of Shalom.
You are One–make us one—with you—with one another.
Grace our gathering with your divine presence.
Teach us to be still—to know.
Teach us to listen—to hear the still small voice.
We come stained, bruised, broken—wash us with living water.
We come hungry, thirsty—fill us with living bread—new wine.
Immerse us in the light of your joy—anoint us with the joy of your light.
Make your word flesh once again—dwell within, among us.
As it is in heaven—might it become here on earth.
Make the lion and the lamb to lie down with the child.
Leaven us throughout your creation—redeem the peaceable kingdom of Zion.
In your name, name above all names—Lord, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Christ, You Call Us All to Service” number 357 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.
Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.
God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?
Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.
Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Croatia, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.
God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.
Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.
May blessings of peace
Be realized today
Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)