Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The Temple which is "dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit." “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Burundi [br·oon·dee], located in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, and bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
Scripture Reading—Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer for Peace
Jewell Holmes Bolton
Move us from where we are…
Move us to where we are truly following the paths you ask us to tread.
May our minds be open to change and challenge.
Help direct our physical and inner vision for clarity of needs.
May we see with empathetic eyes into places and hearts that are hurting.
Touch our lips with gentle holiness of purpose.
May we use kind and thoughtful words for speaking truth.
Unstop our ears from selfishness.
May we listen with ears of quiet surprise and intense compassion.
Help us turn from indecision and inattention to face your directing.
May our hands be open and our feet be shod with merciful justice and healing.
Bless this people who have gathered in this holy space of praise and worship.
They have come to this place of learning and prayer to understand your hope for them.
May they feel deeply your call to renewal and wholeness.
May they look up with joy to your Son’s open arms beckoning them.
May these disciples…each one…respond with new commitment and purpose.
And may each person here sense the benediction of blessing and peace that comes from your holy grace and presence.
In Jesus name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Kanisa Litajengwa” number 338 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 Burundi, 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.