Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where we are called to, “above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Oman, a nation on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. This Arab country has a rich heritage, strong sense of identity, and pride in its ancient past. Oman presents the modern face of Arabia as well as its ancient soul.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 2:3-4 NRSV
Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
Prayer for Peace
Howard J. Booth
We pray for peace in distant lands as well as our own. For we know in our most solemn moments that our hopes and dreams are not unlike the hopes and dreams of persons in lands afar. God of all nations, we pray for peace in every land.
We acknowledge brokenness in our world today. It raises its ugliness in the distance between nations and peoples, as we choose up sides.
Grant us a growing determination to withstand impatience over unresolved conflicts.
Push us until we ache for peace, until we are willing to pursue it without reservation.
Grant us the ability and will to love even enemies until such love shall beget love.
May Christ's love be so rooted in our lives that prejudices and suspicions of humanity will be swallowed up in acts of sisterhood and brotherhood. May we be numbered among the peacemakers, that we may be a blessing to the world.
Today’s hymn is “Sizohamba Naye,” No. 377 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 Oman, 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.