Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.” “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mozambique [mow·zam·beek], located on the southeast coast of Africa and bordered by the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, eSwatini and South Africa.
Scripture Reading—Galatians 5:22-25
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Bonnie Levitt
Loving God, you have promised to give us rest when we are weary and burdened. You have promised to take care of our every need. Yet, we often forget your promises and want control. We grasp our cup of water, not realizing we are turning it into wine. We want to stand our ground, not realizing that you are raising us up on eagles’ wings. Lord, we ask your forgiveness in trying to limit You. We often forget that your promises are still true—even in this busy and hectic world. We ask that we be reminded to turn to you for strength and peace, for you are our rock. We ask that this candle will be that reminder, that symbol. We ask that it remind us of your warmth, your light, your love, your peace. Help us to be more aware of you and to have the faith to see change as an opportunity for you to work in our lives. In joyous anticipation, we turn to you! Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Holy Spirit, Come with Power” number 46 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 context for our Prayers of the People begin with ourselves and move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Mozambique, the country we pray for today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, DPP@CofChrist.org