Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Croatia (kroh-EY-shuh), 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 A.D.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 55:12
For you shall go out in joy,
and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Prayer for Peace
We come to you today in the spirit of humility to recognize your great power in each individual life, in the communities and corporations of human design, in the governments of the nations, and in everything on this terrestrial ball. We seek harmony in a world of chaos. We seek peace where separation reigns. For we know that when people live in an awareness of the connectedness of everything through your spirit, peace is the natural result.
This prayer is for peace. Not the peace that is only resident in signatures on pieces of paper. We know there have been tens of thousands of such treaties between nations through time.
This is a prayer for the peace, which lives in the hearts of people. Living prayer expresses a deeper, more lasting commitment. It is a prayer founded on a love that transcends differences. It brings those from many cultures and religions together. The language of the world religions speaks that unity. A oneness binds us in the mutual wish for peace.
As a Christian would say, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” As a Buddhist would say, “When righteousness is practiced to win peace, he who so walks shall gain the victory and all fetters utterly destroy.” As a Jew would say, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace.” As a Hindu would say, “The noble minded dedicate themselves to promoting peace and the happiness of others, even those who injure them.”
God of all nations, though we look at you through separate eyes, let us see the truth you share with each of us. Call us to accountability as peacemakers. Strengthen us for the journey toward harmony. Bless us with the vision of possibility. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Let Justice Flow Down” number 286 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.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Croatia, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org