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 New Zealand, a nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The Maori name for the country is Aotearoa. It is comprised of two main landmasses, the North Island and South Island.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 34:1-4, 8
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
Prayer for Peace
Douglas E. Porter
O Lord, our God, in whom we place our trust,
We think upon our dreams that often turn to dust,
As we see life’s changes wrought upon the world,
With conflicts arising, and missiles being hurled
By people denied justice, seeking for their right,
No other choice apparent, but to stand and fight.
In desperation acting, as they seek release,
As their leaders procrastinate and fail to sue for peace.
O Lord, we pray, that we might truly see,
All nations of the world, gathered in unity.
That poverty, and hunger, and suffering might be healed
With all mankind acknowledging, that they need to yield,
Unto your will, Almighty One, O gracious, loving Lord,
And put their trust in you, and Christ the Living Word.
Soften hearts in bonds of love, O Lord we humbly pray,
That peace may truly reign on earth, today and every day.
The hymn for today is “God of Wonder, God of Thunder,” 18 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 New Zealand, 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.