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 Grenada (grə-ˈnā-də), a nation in the southern part of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 100 NRSV
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Prayer for Peace
We have gathered together in this sacred place, with the common bond which is our love for you and for each other. We have bowed our heads in solemn prayer as your spirit has called us to worship.
In our worship we are made aware of the great need the world has in this time of trial for many. They go without food. They go without clothing. They go without places to lay down their heads. Many are in fear each day for their lives are enslaved by oppression and violence. We are aware of their trials, and in this quiet time of prayer, we remember them.
As we pray for those in need, we are aware that many of the trials of life would be halted, were we to experience peace throughout the world. We are aware that your son died with his arms outstretched to embrace the world. We remember he taught us that through the love of God, peace can be a reality.
Thanks be to you, most glorious God, for the revelation of yourself to our poor world. It is with you and through you that we find that for which we each hope...everlasting peace. May we have the faith and the courage to be doers of the word, not hearers only, that all we do today and forever more will be in the sacred name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Amen, Siakudumisa!” number 109 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, ultimately, the planet.
Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.
Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.
Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.
Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including Grenada, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.
Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.
May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.
As we depart in joy,
Be part of transformations toward peace, and
Generate hope for the world.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)