Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
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 Haiti, located on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. It shares the island with the Dominican Republic, occuping three-eights of the land. Haiti has the second largest population of any country in the Caribbean and is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Scripture Reading—James 3:17-18
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Lois Knowlton
Our kind Heavenly Parent:
We are thankful for the presence of thy Spirit with us.
Help us in remembering that
Peace begins with the little things.
Peace indicates a calm, quietness—
Reflected in all of the body.
The smile—a facial expression in harmony
with the love of God, and a joy to share.
An attitude befitting to the Will of God.
A tranquil voice of composure,
with wisdom and strength from you.
A willingness to listen, and to help
by way of an understanding spirit.
One step closer, for Christ,
His team-mate in reverence and respect.
With the patience and support of our creator,
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “When We Are Living” number 242 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 242.
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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.
God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.
Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.
God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.
Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.
God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Haiti, the country we pray for today.
Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.
God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.
May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.
Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.
Go in peace.