Indigenous Peoples of South America—map
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space. The Temple “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b
Today in our prayers we remember the Indigenous Peoples of South America, from the Isthmus of Panama to Tierra del Fuego. An estimated 30 million people were living there when the Europeans arrived. Their descendants live today in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northwestern Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, the Guianas, Paraguay and Brazil.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
The Temple is an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.
Prayer for Peace
Eternal Peacemaker, God of creation,
You have trusted each of us with so much power and potential and yet at times our vision falls short.
This day we seek to turn our hearts to you to plead for strength. We are seeking hearts filled with the desire for peace, hearts filled with the vision of the lamb and the lion being led by the little children. Let our hearts be led to actions that will create a world where each will understand their worth as souls who dwell on this globe.
We seek for all persons to lay down their books of violence, switch off media that glorifies human suffering. We seek to establish a new place in the Earth which you allowed us to inhabit. We seek to enable all to live in harmony and curb the evil of climate change which will lead to further poverty and destruction. We hope for more understanding from many who need to see peace in new ways. We ask for this vision in our hearts and minds.
Today’s hymn is “Can Steel and Stone and Swirling Spire,” 281 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 context for our Prayers of the People 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.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all peoples, including the Indigenous Peoples of South America, for whom we pray today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the Earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.