Republic of Macedonia—map
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. 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 the Republic of Macedonia [ma·suh·dow·nee·uh], located in the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and is part Balkan, part Mediterranean, as well as rich in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history. This small and beautiful country is filled with history, culture and adventure.
Scripture Reading—Zechariah 8:16
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace,
Prayer for Peace
Author: Charles Curry
There are so many ways that we divide ourselves from one another: politics, theology, economics, and culture, and these are only a few of the many. It seems that we can manage to be in conflict about nearly everything.
Yet, there are also so many ways that we are drawn together: the compassionate response of thousands of individuals to hurricanes; the coming-together of neighbors and friends in response to a bombing.
Help us to choose to remember and practice drawing-together. Help us to not be paralyzed by the divisive.
Help us to seek you when we are faced with the difficult questions
Help us see the value and efforts of others who serve on your behalf, especially from those who are not like us.
Help us remember through Communion that we are the body of Christ…your hands and feet; your heart and mind…that we may be about your peace.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “We Limit Not the Truth of God” number 69 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 this day begin with ourselves and then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Republic of Macedonia, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.