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 Switzerland, located in Western-Central Europe and bordered by Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. It is a mountainous country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps.
Scripture Reading—1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 26-27
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Nadine Stallbaumer
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we gather in sacred space to consecrate our lives to building your peaceable kingdom. We do so fully aware that we live in a time of dwindling peace and increasing war and rumors of war. We come with a sense of urgency for the sake of our Earth and its beautiful nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples. We understand that finally, there can be no lasting peace between nations, no peace between people, and no peace within us until we know you and the Divine peace that passes understanding.
Grace us then with your promised Comforter, the peace of your Holy Spirit. Fill us with a new and heightened sense of your presence. Breathe on us even as you did your first disciples and make us instruments of your peace.
Give us the courage to tear down the walls which fear has erected to separate us from you and each other. Strengthen us to bridge the schisms of ethnic, racial, and cultural divide so we may bind up the brokenhearted and preach your good news to the poor. We have heard their cries-the voices of the hungry and homeless, the alien and refugee, the sick and suffering, and sense innately that when even one of the least of these among us suffers, we are all diminished. For their sake, as well as ours, then make us living, breathing new testaments of your Gospel to this generation in this hour for which you have ordained that we live and move and have our being.
With the touch of your holy hand and word of your still small voice, teach us to look back only to learn, forward only to dream, around only to serve, and upward only to believe. May we ever labor and pray faithfully that your kingdom comes, your will be done, until that great day when we will once again have all in common when there is no poor among us when the lion and lamb will lie down together, and the little child will lead them. For that day when there will truly be peace on Earth, goodwill to all.
Today’s hymn is “Somos el cuerpo de Cristo” number 337 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 Switzerland, 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.