Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Portugal, a nation on the Iberian Peninsula in Southwestern Europe. Portugal is bordered by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (A,B,C) NRSV
“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Prayer for Peace
Carol Oliver Wilkins
Listen to my heart, O Lord
it cries out for a world unencumbered
by hatred, violence, inequality and bitterness.
It searches for the paths that lead
us all to your peace.
But blindness and self-will
often prohibit our vision of peace
as we seek only our own agenda.
Forgive us Lord, for seeking our own kingdoms first,
while your kingdom waits and peace remains unfound.
Show us, eternal God
the way of your Son.
Help us to become empowered as
peacemakers in a society
torn apart and covered
Help us make our desire
for peace so important
that we’re willing to
live bare by our openness
and acceptance of one another.
Let us see each other,
as you see us,
and love enough
to give peace a chance.
Lord, engulf us with your love,
and let us truly come to know your peace,
that the world may also know that peace
and become your kingdom.
Hear our prayer, O God, as we try diligently to
be your children. We pray in the name of
our Redeemer, even Jesus. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 197 in Community of Christ Sings, “Lord, Have Mercy.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 197.
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 Portugal, 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.