São Tomé and Príncipe—map
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this prayer for peace. The “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c
Today in our prayers, we remember the people of São Tomé and Príncipe (saʊ təˌmeɪ ən ˈprɪnsɪpeɪ), a nation in the Gulf of Guinea off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. The nation consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, about 87 miles apart.
Scripture Reading—James 3:13, 17-18 NRSV
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
Prayer for Peace
Ever Living, Ever Loving Presence we call "God", we, your created humankind, come before you into communion with you and each other, seeking empowerment to reflect you—yes, to incarnate your love, your nature, your peace.
Created in your image, we would be loving. As agents of your healing power, we would be whole. As ministers of your grace, we would exemplify servanthood.
Created that we might have joy, we would praise with elation; accepting all others as you accept us, with unconditional love.
Healed by your Grace, we would be whole and thus enabled to become true instruments of your PEACE.
Thus we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “When We Are Living” number 242 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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and, ultimately, the planet.
Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.
Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.
Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.
Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including São Tomé and Príncipe, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.
Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.
May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.
As we depart in joy,
Be part of transformations toward peace, and
Generate hope for the world.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)