Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space that “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Morocco, a nation in North Africa. Morocco is characterized by rugged mountains in its interior, large tracts of desert, and coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is a country of diversity, beauty, history, and hospitality.
Scripture Reading—Ezekiel 37:26-27
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Prayer for Peace
Dear heavenly Father, creator of all we know, we praise you. Your majesty is beyond our understanding, and yet you love each of us as though we were your only concern. We wonder at your ability to hear our every prayer and know our every need.
Day after day, we become aware of your answering of prayers and needs, at times, even before we ask. So, Lord, we come to you seeking your help as we search for ways to bring peace to our troubled world. Perhaps, Lord, we cannot individually affect the whole world, but we can work toward peace in our families and communities. We can help those at work in distant places to relieve suffering and bring peace to your people we know you love as much as you love us.
Loving Father, instill within us a fervent wish to be about the work of creating peace. Help us to understand that however small our ability to help, all are needed. Teach us when and how to serve and guide our efforts to their fullest potential. In Jesus’ holy name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “God's Melody of Peace,” number 319 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 the planet.
Within all aspects of our lives and our world exist situations and conditions that need the healing touch of the Holy. Will you join with me to listen to the voice that speaks peace to each of us from beyond the farthest hills, from the infinite heavens above, and the vast seas below?
Listen to the voice that invites you to surrender your fears and frustrations, anger, and anxieties, and to await with an open heart the peace that only Christ can bring. Allow the one who seeks only the best for you to offer the comfort you seek.
Listen to the voice that whispers the invitation to reconciliation with those whose lives, words, decisions, or actions have wounded you. May you find space in your heart for healing to occur in your relationships with brothers and sisters, as well as your enemies.
Listen to the voice that calls all into unity and oneness. We remember all nations, including Morocco, the country we pray for today. May we be attuned to hear the cries for mercy, forgiveness and generosity. Listen to the one who reminds us that in the welfare of another resides our own well-being.
Listen to the voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. The Earth shudders in distress because creation’s natural and living systems are becoming exhausted from carrying the burden of our greed and conflicts. Listen to creation which struggles to provide life to the seas, the hills, and the heavens above.
May the one who spoke calm to the storm and stilled the waves with a word, bring peace to us and through us. May we be among those whose lives whisper, shout, and proclaim peace to those far and near for the sake of God’s shalom. Amen.
Be witnesses of hope,
Shed tears for injustice, and
Make a difference in the world.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org