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 Cameroon (ka-mə-ˈrün), a nation in West Africa. It is often referred to as “Africa in miniature” for its geological and cultural diversity. It is home to more than 1,738 different linguistic groups. French and English are the official languages.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 7:6-7, 9-10 NRSV
Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
and over it take your seat on high. O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God.
God is my shield,
who saves the upright in heart.
Prayer for Peace
It is good to gather here once again, to rest in this silent, sacred place, and collect our thoughts, calm our minds. We need times like this, God, times when we can retreat and refresh our spirits. Times that restore our souls, and remind us again of the tasks you have commissioned us to fulfill.
God, we sometimes grow weary. Weary of hoping and struggling for peace in a world that so often seems filled with hatred and despair. We are overwhelmed by the needs that surround us, the demands and the problems which drain our resources and sap our strength.
We weep for the violence and destruction that rages in so much of the earth. We weep for the children, little innocent ones who are denied love and whose lives are consumed by forces of darkness and evil. We weep for those rendered powerless by systems of injustice, abuse and oppression. We weep for those who are treated as if they were of no worth in the sight of others around them. At times we feel as though we have no more tears to shed for those who suffer.
We do not want to hear anymore of life, precious life, or of the beauty of your creation, destroyed as if it were of no consequence or value.
Meet us now, O God, in this place and time, and gently open our hearts. Fill our hearts with both the pain of the "now" and the hope of the "what yet can be." For if you are the God of love and compassion as shown in the life of your Son, Jesus, then we know that the tears we have shed have been your tears as well. We know that we have not struggled alone, but that you have been with us, beside us, yearning and longing for peace...
To this end, God, we lift our prayer to you, and offer our love to you and to the world to which you have called us to minister. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Lead Me, Lord” number 450 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 Cameroon, 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.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)