Central African Republic—map
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Central African Republic, located in Central Africa. It is bordered by Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon. The country is noted for its population of forest elephants and western lowland gorillas.
Scripture Reading—John 14:27 NRSV
Peace I leave with you; my peace i give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, anddo not let them be afraid.
Prayer for Peace
God, who walks with your people, we hold your people in our hearts; those that to keep their lands and their traditions in communities throughout the world. Be with all those across this vast planet, that they may come to peace within themselves and their way of life. Let your Holy Spirit rain down on them, and let your love and grace, and mercy shower each of us, filling us with the promise of your hope and eternal joy.
Be with those who struggle each morning when they wake—those whose day is a battle for survival, for food, water, shelter, safety. Bring them comfort from affliction and justice from tyranny. We pray to you, O God of sustaining life, let us know peace, let us feel peace, let us be peace throughout your world. We ask you, in the holy name of the sacred peacemaker, the redeeming Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” number 553 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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.
Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.
Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.
Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including the Central African Republic, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.
God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.
May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)