Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred time of prayer. The Temple “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Malawi [muh·laa·wee], located in southeastern Africa and landlocked by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Malawi is known for the friendliness of the people, the diversity of its geography, and lives up to the name given it by the people who have inhabited this land for generations, “The Warm Heart of Africa.”
Scripture Reading—Psalm 130:1-6
A song of ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Michele McGrath
Troubled waters, O Lord.
You know what it is to walk through troubled waters. You are the One who stilled the storm just enough to invite disciples to walk on the waves. You work not through peaceful waters but through disruption. What does it mean to think that healing comes when the waters are troubled; healing comes in the midst and even through the troubled waters?
Help us to understand that waters still and stagnant are not the places to which we are called. We are called to serve in disruptive times, changing times, portentous times.
Help us come to peace with our role and calling, here and now. Not peace with a stop sign or red light. Not a quiet, still and stagnant peace. Not a quiet reflecting pool kind of peace.
But give us the gift of green light peace—the kind that allows us to navigate, to bridge, and if necessary, to swim. Give us the kind of peace that says GO, knowing that Christ goes with us, and we go together. Allow us to walk on water in faith or make us strong swimmers together.
We wade in the waters, knowing that God is troubling the waters ahead of us, making a way where there seems no way. We wade in the waters together with so many for whom this is daily life. God’s gonna trouble the waters. O Lord, trouble our waters, lead us to the river, bring us through.
Today’s hymn is “Out of the Depths, O God, We Call” number 228 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 Malawi, 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.