Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple … 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.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Kiribati, located in the central Pacific Ocean stretching along the equator.
Scripture Reading—Jeremiah 29:4-5,7,11 NRSV
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare..
Prayer for Peace
Teach Us to Make Peace, Not Pieces
O Lord, our nurturing Parent, blessed be your name. We give thanks as we gather in holy worship. We give thanks for your blessings of health, life, love, clothing to keep us warm and in comfort, food to nourish our bodies, music, and art to nourish our spirits and, most of all, your love and grace to nourish our souls.
We ask, O Lord, that you continue to bless us in our daily lives, in our homes, our workplaces, our travels, and our efforts to spread your word. We especially ask for your guidance and your enlightening spirit as we strive to do your work.
Help us, Lord, to take the many varied pieces of our lives and our world and bring them together in harmony and beauty to your glory, much as pieces of cloth come together to make a beautiful quilt. In this same way, may we weave the tapestry of our lives to make our world more peaceful, thus making “Peace” out of the tattered “pieces” of our lives and our world.
Show us how to take our battered bodies and make them an implement to do your work. Teach us to take our minds, no matter how troubled, scattered, or burdened and focus them on your will and your work. Help us take our bruised and brokenhearted lives and transform them into a gift for you. Take the scraps of our lives and bring us together in a mosaic of love to do your will.
Help us, O Lord, to find the peace and contentment in the Temple to refresh our spirits and enable us to go forth with new enthusiasm and joy.
These things we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Come and Bring Light” number 287 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 Kiribati, 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.