Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
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 Romania, which borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia and Moldova in Southeast Europe. Romania is known for the forested region of Transylvania as well as preserved medieval towns, churches and castles.
Scripture Reading—Proverbs 15:1, 13, 15
A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
All the days of the poor are hard,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Patricia R. Wendell
Lord, to achieve peace, help us to accept the diversities of all your children.
Let us share these diversities with each other as gifts and build upon them to grow into one people! Let us know that we are blessed to have the opportunity to worship together with all our many differences. Help us to know that our diversities are also our strengths for making peace.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “With Gifts That Differ by Your Grace” number 328 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 328.
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.
Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.
God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?
Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.
Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Romania, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.
God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.
Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.
May blessings of peace
Be realized today
Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.
Go in peace.