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 Croatia (krow·ei·shuh), located 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—Psalm 24:1-3, 9-10
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory.
Prayer for Peace
Wondrous Father, God, Creator, it is with a humble recognition of your power over the universe and the love you have for all creation that we pray. We recognize the sacrifice you made to give us—humankind—dominion over the Earth.
How you must weep over the choices that we make that bring misery, heartache, and destruction to people you so lovingly created.
In our better moments, we yearn for reconciliation between persons, families, and nations, yet we persist in making decisions based on our advantage. We pray for forgiveness and increased awareness of the consequences of our choices.
Just now, we pray for those influential persons of war-torn countries, especially those who inflame hatred and destruction. As you singled out Saul/Paul in the days of the New Testament, we pray that the hearts of people of influence might be touched by your Spirit so that a pathway to reconciliation and peace might be sought. We pray for the spouses and the families of those who are guided by hatred and anger that they might be a positive influence for justice and compassion.
Lord, our hearts need mending and softening. Give us strength and courage to follow the leadings of your Spirit.
Today’s hymn is “Lord, You Have Brought Us,” 76 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 Croatia, 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