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 Ghana (GAA+nuh), located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. Ghana is a land of diversity, with many cultures, religious, ethnic and linguistic groups living together as well as diverse geography and ecology. Due to its growing economic prosperity and democracy, it has become a regional power in West Africa.
Scripture Reading—Galatians 4:4-7
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
Prayer for Peace
God who has taught us to pray, we now approach your dwelling place seeking that we may be forgiven for our failures and omissions. Cause us to envision the coming of your kingdom in our immediate surroundings. Make us alive to the pain and suffering of those within our world who have no one to console. Let us be the instruments of comfort and nurture to those who are ever teary and the hungry starving masses in our neighborhoods.
We now turn our prayerful gaze to the nation we pray for today, may they in their life challenges find you and allow you spirit to draw them into relationships that affirm the worth of all persons. Cause the rich and privileged to empty themselves of selfishness and appropriate their abundant possessions for transformation of the world near and far. We seek that through our prayers the ministry of intercession may be carried to all who now yearn for inner peace that their transformation may make this world a better place for all to live in. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Star-Child” number 420 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 Ghana, 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.