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 Zambia, a landlocked nation in Southern Africa, home to 73 ethnic groups. Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, lies on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, along the Zambezi river.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 161:3c
Be patient with one another, for creating sacred community is arduous and even painful. But it is to loving community such as this that each is called. Be courageous and visionary, believing in the power of just a few vibrant witnesses to transform the world. Be assured that love will overcome the voices of fear, division, and deceit.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Max Michael
Gracious Heavenly Father, from our heart and with unfailing faith we pray for peace in the world.
As we awaken to each new day we find our world has strayed further away from your son’s teachings. We are made constantly aware of this in our world of instant information.
Sometimes it seems humanity is bent on destruction of self by wars, and violence perpetrated on each other.
Father, please enter the hearts and minds of all the world’s people with such a loving force that we shall have great cause to re-examine the morality of self and change our worldly ways to your ways. Make each of us aware it is only on your course that we can have a productive and peaceful journey in life.
Touch those in positions of authority, leading them to use their sphere of influence to benefit all your children, to lead them away from the sins of humanism and into the love of humankind and into roles you have, or will establish, for them their life’s path.
Loving Heavenly Father, being keenly aware that you and only you can change our worldly course, we pray with heavy and concerned hearts and shed our tears for the inhumanity that so many of us indulge in every day.
Father, lift us all to that higher ground where we can course our lives in faith, love, and your holy peace.
We tender our prayer in Christ’s holy and sacred name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “We Are Pilgrims on a Journey” number 550 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 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 Zambia, 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.