Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Iceland, located in the North Atlantic Ocean. This Nordic island country is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The island nation is known for its beautiful nature, wonderful food and inspiring art and culture.
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 33:5-6
The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.
He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Steve Bolie
Eternal Intelligence, by the power of your Word, you created everything, from the smallest particle to the largest galaxy, from the tiniest speck of life to the largest animal, from the smallest seed to the largest, oldest trees. We are in awe of your creative power. At the same time, we are humbled by our part in your creative process, from physical inventions to life itself.
Today, we pray that we may be creators and not destroyers. We have the opportunity to create goodwill or ill will between individuals and between nations. Inspire in us the desire to be creators of goodwill. Help us to prefer commonality over differences, compromise over stubbornness, justice over injustice, and peace over conflict. Forgive us when our creativity fails us and we resort to anger and violence.
The peace of Christ is both our home and our goal. We live in Christ’s peace even as we are challenged to live into Christ’s peace. Help us make the peace of Christ our greatest desire. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Listen in the Silence” number 153 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 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 Iceland, 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.