Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where we are called to, “above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Libya, a nation in North Africa. Libya is largely desert but oil-rich, with an ancient history and turbulent past.
Scripture Reading—2 Corinthians 5:17-19
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
Prayer for Peace
Our creator God, I am so overwhelmed by your majesty and cannot comprehend the how and why of you. Yet your love is so constant and so complete, I am filled with its assurance and peace.
This temporal world seems to be in a state of perpetual turmoil and chaos. Thousands of voices, vying for attention, seemingly drowning the still, small voice of your Holy Spirit. Only his very persistence penetrates our hearts, bringing light and hope: Hope for a better way, a reassurance of your unfailing love, joy beyond compare in personal knowledge of you, our Creator.
You, who fashion each person in such a unique way, continuously interact with each of us. Your purposes are being fulfilled. We are instruments uniquely prepared by our Maker for service in establishing your purpose right where we are. Our tasks for peace start within individual hearts and spread outward in ever-widening circles to influence every facet of our lives, touching those around us with the rays of peace which are projected from you, through those who are submissive and surrendered to you, open and ready to be used in this capacity.
May we cleanse our inner beings of all strife and discord, becoming pure vessels before you. May we be used by you to spread a sense of inner peace to those searching and struggling for someone’s touch, for an indication they are of value and are loved.
Empower each of us to accept the challenge of discipleship, submit our wills to your will, that your peace, which we only glimpse in fleeting moments, may become a reality we know, bringing calm, restoration and renewal to the hearts still in turmoil.
Each day, May we respond to your call, your touch, your voice beckoning us toward the reality of peace and life which are found in relationship with you, our God. May your Holy Spirit guide us in our daily walk—a walk of peace and healing of spirit—heart to heart, sharing in love and joy.
In the name of your son, the Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “We Are People of God's Peace,” number 306 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 Libya, 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