São Tomé and Príncipe—map
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 São Tomé and Príncipe (sau-toh-MAY and prin-si-PAY), a nation in the Gulf of Guinea off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. The nation consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé and Príncipe.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Prayer for Peace
Shirley Valier Remmenga
Lord of life, our Creator,
We praise you with thanksgiving, for you are peace. Your peace is all around us, present in all your creation.
We look at the fluttering butterfly amid the flowers, and we see peace.
We listen to the song of the meadowlark, and we hear peace.
We cup a fragrant rose in our hands, and we smell peace.
We bite into a vine-ripened tomato, and we taste peace.
We hold a baby in our arms, lay our cheek on that soft, sweet cheek, and we feel peace.
All our senses experience peace, and they tell us that you are peace.
We would know your peace, O Lord, not only with our senses but with our minds and our hearts and our souls. With this knowing, may we express your peace, promote your peace, embody your peace, be your peace in our world that needs your peace so desperately.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Put Peace into Each Other's Hands,” number 309 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 São Tomé and Príncipe, 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