Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where we are called to, “above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Tajikistan (ta+JEE+ki+STAAN), a nation in Central Asia that borders Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. The ancient Silk Road passed through the land that is now Tajikistan.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 97:11-12
Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
Prayer for Peace
God of moments, God of days, open our eyes and expand our vision that we may in this moment and on this day sense the call of your peace. As the chime has rung and the scripture has been read, focus us now on the call of your peace. We acknowledge the truth of generational privilege and deprivation, of unjust outcomes hidden in subtle differences in the way people are treated. We repent for the human sins of slavery, colonialism, intolerance and greed.
Help us to find reconciliation with one another, between people externally defined by differences and yet inwardly united in community as children of creation. Reconcile us to the earth which we have abused and the realities of over-consumption, unequal distribution, and thoughtless desecration of resources.
May we be prepared to repair the damage of past thoughtlessness and guilt, knowing that it is through reparations that we will find the pathway to true peace. May the example of Jesus Christ inspire new awareness of the Samaritans among us, those treated as other, different, unaccepted. May we open our hearts to profound peace based on an understanding of your universal love. Fill our hearts in this moment and on this day with your love and peace. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Great and Marvelous Are Thy Works,” number 118 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 Tajikistan, 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.