Democratic Republic of Congo—map
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 the Democratic Republic of Congo, located in Central Africa. From 1908 to 1960, it was called the Belgian Congo, and from 1971 to 1997, it was called Zaire. It is the second-largest country in Africa by area.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 32:16-18
The Lord's justice will dwell in the desert,
his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest.
Prayer for Peace
Eternal God of truth and light, we need to grow spiritually through your word. Give us a willing heart and mind to receive it. We thank you for the knowledge and testimonies of your prophets in every age. They have strengthened our faith. We thank you for the Divine Spirit which works in us the desire to know and to do your will.
We thank you for the Christ who, with our consent, remakes us into his image. We thank you that he revealed to us your action and through all things, and that you want to prosper us in our journey back to you.
We thank you for the great beauty and utility of the earth you have created for us. You are our only hope for the sick and suffering society now living upon it. Continue to strengthen us as we spread the "good news" of Christ's love and forgiveness to them. We ask for an increase in the faith of the church and that many needs will soon be met, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Today's hymn is "Would You Bless Our Homes" number 629 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 the planet.
Within all aspects of our lives and our world exist situations and conditions that need the healing touch of the Holy. Will you join with me to listen to the voice that speaks peace to each of us from beyond the farthest hills, from the infinite heavens above, and the vast seas below?
Listen to the voice that invites you to surrender your fears and frustrations, anger, and anxieties, and to await with an open heart the peace that only Christ can bring. Allow the one who seeks only the best for you to offer the comfort you seek.
Listen to the voice that whispers the invitation to reconciliation with those whose lives, words, decisions, or actions have wounded you. May you find space in your heart for healing to occur in your relationships with brothers and sisters, as well as your enemies.
Listen to the voice that calls all into unity and oneness. We remember all nations, including Democratic Republic of Congo, the country we pray for today. May we be attuned to hear the cries for mercy, forgiveness and generosity. Listen to the one who reminds us that in the welfare of another resides our own well-being.
Listen to the voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. The Earth shudders in distress because creation's natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of our greed and conflicts. Listen to creation which struggles to provide life to the seas, the hills, and the heavens above.
May the one who spoke calm to the storm and stilled the waves with a word, bring peace to us and through us. May we be among those whose lives whisper, shout, and proclaim peace to those far and near for the sake of God's shalom. Amen.
Be witnesses of hope,
Shed tears for injustice, and
Make a difference in the world.
Go in peace.