Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Montenegro (män-tə-ˈnā- grō), a nation in Southeastern Europe on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 150:7
These are portentous times. The lives of many are being sacrificed unnecessarily to the egos of war, greed, and avarice. The land is being desecrated by the thoughtless waste of vital resources. You must obey my commandments and be in the forefront of those who would mediate this needless destruction while there is yet day.
Prayer for Peace
Loving Creator, you who live in realms beyond our understanding, we humbly seek this means to connect our minds and hearts to you in this time and place. We pause to touch the presence in all things and through all time. In doing so, we recognize our place in this awesome creation.
Here in this Temple dedicated to the pursuit of peace we pray, as early disciples did, for your kingdom to come. We pray for your peace to flow among us. We pray for your kingdom to have place within us, and move through us into a world in need. There are hungry people today. There are those mourning departed loved ones. There are unemployed people, imprisoned people, sick people, and lonely people.
Lord of love, attend our prayer for those who need the sustenance to get through the day. Help us respond to those in need. Lord, forgive us when we take part in evil and injustice. Heighten awareness of our own behaviors—light goodness in our darkest parts. Help us to choose your kingdom. Help us understand that forgiving others leads to the path of our own healing. Creator of Cosmos and sculptor of sand grains, help us not only feel peace, help us be peace, is our prayer—in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “For Beauty of Meadows” number 142 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 Montenegro, 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.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)