Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace where “God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Burkina Faso, located in West Africa and surrounded by six countries. French is its official language. The northwestern part of today’s Burkina Faso was first populated by hunter-gatherers between 14,000 and 5,000 BC.
Scripture Reading—Luke 6:27-28, 35 NRSV
“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Prayer for Peace
Our Heavenly Father,
We pray for the leaders of the nations, and those who are in power, to be given the wisdom and understanding, and the desire to serve you, and to serve the people of the world in ways that will bring an end to the suffering that we see around us. And in ways that will unite the nations in peace and prosperity, and love toward one another.
And help us, God, to stop the pollution and reckless use of the natural resources that have been given to us. Show us ways to use them wisely and sparingly so that all might benefit from them.
And show us ways that we might care for one another so that there will no longer be the homeless, and the hungry, and those who do not know you.
Help us to have the faith and courage to go forth with the message of your great love and compassion toward all of humankind, and toward all your creation, so that each one will come to know you.
And in knowing you we pray that our hearts and minds might be given to you completely so that we might be instruments in your hands to bring about the salvation of this world.
We pray that in our desire to serve you, the dark forces that we see about us will be banished, and that truth, and light, and joy in your service will abound and that the world will be cleansed of all its filthiness and sorrow that humankind has brought upon it, and that we might serve one another with joy in our souls and peace in our hearts.
We pray in the name of your son, Jesus. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Blessed Is the Body and the Soul” number 238 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.
Please join with me in today’s prayer and meditation; quiet your breathing and embrace God’s eternal grace as you become aware of your own responses to the guided prayers of the people.
God, you are the still point of the circle within which all creation is found. I yearn to connect with your spirit of peace and experience the companionship of your presence in this moment. May I abide in the center of creation’s circle with you?
Creator of horizons, help us draw the circle wider to include those I know and love, and even those I struggle to understand and accept. Fill this circle with the gifts of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and peace. Give us the desire to include all whose paths cross ours into a place where acceptance is offered freely. Draw our circle wider.
Giver of dreams, let the peace we’ve dreamed of expand to embrace all your children. We remember all nations, including Burkina Faso, the country we pray for today. Within this circle may we see the other as brother and sister, and act as mutual stewards of one another. You call us to live without borders that exclude. Help us to draw the circle wider still.
God of all living things, your world longs to be whole and in harmony. The dream of shalom includes caregiving for the water, earth, air and all that has life in one great family. You created us with interdependencies. Give us mutual respect and tender care for all. Let this be our song: Nothing on your created Earth stands alone, but lives in shalom with all other living things. Draw the circle wide open.
Architect of life and peace, may we be blessed by your vision of shalom this day. May our minds, hearts, and spirits be wide enough for all to find a home. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s shalom. Amen.
May blessings of peace
Be realized today
Through the Source, Savior, and Spirit.
Go in peace.