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 Samoa, a nation south of the equator, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the Pacific Ocean. The Lapita people discovered and settled the Samoan islands around 3,500 years ago. They developed a unique language and cultural identity.
Scripture Reading—John 6:53-54
So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day;
Prayer for Peace
Russell E. Waterman
Our Father in Heaven
Forgive us of all our sins. We confess our faults and shortcomings. That we may have the privilege of coming into your presence with our prayers, hopes, and concerns about peace in our day and time.
We do so want to offer an effectual fervent prayer in righteousness that much might be accomplished from our being here and bringing our prayers to you.
For our family, we pray for unity, peace, sympathetic understanding, closeness of hearts and mind, a willingness to assist one another in all things.
I pray that your presence would be welcome in all the families around the world, to be a living joy to every member of the family.
Help us with our doubts and fears, so that it may be your good pleasure to dwell continually in our homes. That those coming into our homes might find that peace that passes all understanding, that peace that can only come from you.
We pray against those mountains that rise up in families now and then. Mountains of misunderstanding, hatred, laziness, jealousy, and anything that would sow discord among the family.
In our families, dear Father, we ask you to place a great desire to serve one another in charity, which is the pure love of Jesus the Christ.
For it is in the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
The hymn for today is, “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ,” 522 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 Samoa, 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.