Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace where "God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ."
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Korea, located in Northeast Asia. It consists of two distinct sovereign states: North Korea, known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and South Korea, officially the "Republic of Korea." Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is bordered by China and Russia and separated from Japan by the Korea Strait and East Sea.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 150:7
These are portentous times. The lives of many are being sacrificed unnecessarily to the gods of war, greed, and avarice. The land is being desecrated by the thoughtless waste of vital resources. You must obey my commandments and be in the forefront of those who would mediate this needless destruction while there is yet day.
Prayer for Peace
God of creation, today we celebrate the peace you have provided for us, the peace you make available to all the earth. We celebrate the joy that comes from finding you in every season of our lives.
We are thankful for blessings that come to us even in ways we do not expect. Your peace may come to us even in ways we do not expect. Your peace may come as gentle as the silent, falling leaves of autumn, or it may come as stirring, brisk wind into our souls.
It is easy to feel your peace when all is well. Help us to also feel your presence in times of loneliness and despair.
Whenever the skies of our souls darken, help us see that even through the storm clouds you shower us with blessings. In those times, Lord, help us to see the beauty you have created.
As certain as the birds go to their winter homes, we pray that your peace will go into every land and nation. We pray it will go into the hearts of every adult and child. Then we will see your magnificent beauty reflected in humans.
To you, Great God, we give honor and praise and glory. Amen.
Today's hymn is "For Beauty of Meadows" number 142 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 nations, including Korea, the country we pray for 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.