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 Suriname, located in South America on the northeastern coast. It’s defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture, and a melting-pot culture.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 46:1-2, 4, 10-11 NRSV
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High. “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Prayer for Peace
O Eternal One,
In these brief moments our thoughts are turned toward you. Again, we see you, not with the unsteady steps of a lost traveler, but with the sure flight of a bird homeward bound.
Grant then that our thoughtful confidence in you be not a fugitive thought, a momentary leap, a mistaken appeasement of the heart and flesh. Grant, rather, that our aspirations of you coming kingdom, our desire of your compassionate presence, our hopes of your glory, be not unproductive birth pangs or waterless clouds, but that from the fullness of our heart they will rise toward you, seeking your abiding peace.
May our aspirations, being heard by you, know the peace that quenches our thirst like the refreshing dew and satisfy us forever like your heavenly manna as you speak again, “Peace be with you” (John 2:19). And may we resolve, by your grace, to be peacemakers this day. For we pray this in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 248 in Community of Christ Sings, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 248.
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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.
God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.
God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.
God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Suriname, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.
God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.
May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.
To motivate us to work for peace.
Go in peace.