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 Togo, a nation in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea. Togo is one of the smallest countries in all of Africa and is home to lagoons and sandy beaches as well as savanna and woodlands. Togo has fertile land and produces coffee, cocoa beans, peanuts, and phosphate deposits. Togo enjoys one of the highest standards of living on the continent.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 89:1-2
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Prayer for Peace
Creator of all, Lord of love, thank you for giving us the opportunity to share this time and space together. Thank you for each one gathered for this journey in life that has brought us to this place.
Today we bring before your altar ourselves-the one and only true thing of value we have to offer—but with us comes imperfection, fear, selfishness and brokenness; yet a hope of becoming closer to your image, of fulfilling the purpose of life. Creator, there is peace and tranquility here-the quietness of spirit-but outside these protective walls lies a world diseased, a world in which there is violence, fear, hunger grief-there is no way we can fix it all. With your empowerment, your grace, and your direction we can reach our hands in love to you and our neighbor and strive to bring peace in our corner of the world.
Help us to grow spiritually and emotionally as quickly as we can possibly tolerate. Help us to uphold the vision of a bright tomorrow and let our lives be like that of a light on a hill. Help us to look deep inside ourselves and deep within others to find your face and the part of us that is made in your image. Help us accept ourselves and others and to learn to be instruments of peace. This is our prayer and our vision. Walk with us and show us how. In your name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “With God All Things Are Possible,” number 15 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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.
God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.
God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.
God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Togo, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.
God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.
May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.
To motivate us to work for peace.
Go in peace.