Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b.
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Lesotho, located in southern Africa completely surrounded by the country of South Africa.
Scripture Reading—Colossians 1:19-20 NRSV
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Prayer for Peace
Our Creator and Sustainer of life, as we see and experience the newness of life in its stirrings after the harshness and chill of winter, our hearts are filled with gratitude of our own gift of life and breath. There are stirrings within our hearts when we feel the warmth of your Spirit opening us up to understanding the blessings and the challenges of fulfilling the purpose for which each of us has been created.
Just as the season of the year brings forth the many colors and scents which speak to us of the ongoing acts of creation, so too do we grow and mature in the ever-changing environment of our lives and our spiritual understanding. The beauty of the natural order is nurtured by exposure to sunlight and rain, sources of food and purity of air. The maturing of our humanity is nurtured and made strong through meaningful relationships with each other and the source of divine power. We must be fed physically and spiritually and overcome difficulties as well as bask in the sunlight of joyous experiences.
For all your children at times the balance is sometimes out of focus and we falter and feel uncertainty in our discipleship and our efforts to be at peace and to help bring the spirit of peace and to others in needs. We ask your forgiveness, O God, when we look away from you and are distressed and ineffective by losing our center in you. We are all your needy children and ask that your spirit will continue to illumine the paths we take and the choices we make so that we truly can rightfully claim and fulfill the call to be makers of peace.
This is our great desire-and our petition even as we acknowledge our dependence on you. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 237 in Community of Christ Sings, “God, Renew Us by Your Spirit.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 237.
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 Lesotho, 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.