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 Korea in Northeast Asia. It consists of two distinct sovereign states: North Korea, known as the Demoratic People's Republic of Korea and South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea. Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is bordered by China and Russia, and separated from Japan by the Korea Strait and East Sea.
Scripture Reading—Luke 1:78-79 NRSV
By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Prayer for Peace
Norma J. Cross
How thankful we are for the many blessings bestowed on us each day. You truly answer prayer. Sometimes it is not as we wish. We must understand that for some blessings the answer is up to us.
In this troubled age, as in any troubled age, we come to you asking for peace, comfort and strength. You put us on this Earth, and asked us to take care of it, to be custodians. We have fallen from the calling, as generation after generation have yielded to weaknesses of self-gratification and lust.
As we come now again praying for peace, within ourselves, within our congregation, within our community, and within the world, we ask your forgiveness for those weaknesses, and ask that you grant us a blessing of strength to overcome them. You have told us that “The earth, my creation, groans for the liberating truths of my gospel which have been given for the salvation of the world.” Help us to love and be concerned over each other, and to be witnesses of the love you have for your son. May we have that same love in us that was in Christ Jesus. For he taught while he was here on this earth, in troubled times, about love and exemplified love. With his love we can overcome troubles and bring peace to the earth and peace with each other.
We pray these blessing and give you honor and glory in Jesus name. Amen!
Today’s hymn is “We Are the Ones the World Awaits” number 305 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 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.
Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people?
God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being. Hear my often-impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”
Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Lord of all Earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family. We remember all nations, including Korea, the country we pray for today. May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often-impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace, and make us one.”
Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life remind us of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be. Help us honor our call as stewards of the Earth. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our Earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”
We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.