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 Bosnia-Herzegovina (ˈbäz-nē-ə hert-sə-gō-ˈvē-nə), a nation on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and the Adriatic Sea. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a region that traces permanent human settlement back to the Neolithic age.
Scripture Reading—1 Corinthians 1:3-8 NRSV
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my[a] God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
In this quiet space, we greet you, God, knowing that you are waiting for us to be quiet enough to hear you.
Your presence is not limited to this time or place—but this has been especially dedicated to meeting you in prayer for your creation.
In the beginning, you pronounced all creation “good.” You called us to be stewards—partners with you.
Yet we have been conquerors of nature rather than stewards. We have looked for ways to separate ourselves from each other rather than seeing our kinship.
And because of that, the world suffers.
We would ask forgiveness…and would pray for wisdom and strength as we seek to bring healing and reconciliation between humans and nature—and between countries and individuals.
It is not an easy task. But it is the task you have called us to.
And so we pray in the name of him who came as the ultimate peacemaker—let it be done.
Today’s hymn is “Shalom chaverim” number 653 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 move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation. We begin by noticing our breathing. We breathe in spirit and exhale those things that separate us from you, O God. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Please enter into the silence with me as we pray for peace remembering God’s promise to be with us and to work in us. Listen for the sound of the beloved’s voice.
God of creation, in the beginning your breath moved over the waters and brought calm and peace to a chaotic world. Breathe into my being this day; bring respite to my frenzied soul. Refresh my frayed sense of self and bring alive my hope for peace through words and actions inspired by your spirit. Breathe on me, breath of God.
God of reconciliation, 2,000 years ago you breathed and the word became flesh among us, teaching us the way of forgiveness, mercy, compassion and peace. Breathe into our relationships this day; allow us to enflesh the teachings of your Son within our family, friends, neighbors, and even our encounters with those we do not yet know. Breathe on us, breath of God.
God of sacred community, your Holy Spirit seeks to blow through the discord, disruption, and disease of the world to bring healing and wholeness once again. We remember all nations, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, the country we pray for today. Remind us that many of your children lack the basic needs of life, including freedom, space to grow, and love to support them. Breathe on your people, breath of God.
God of all, your planet is gasping for breath, heaving under the pressure and weight of unbridled consumption of resources and greed-driven destruction of your world. The Earth groans from forces of chaos that destroy what we have been given as a gift for all creation. Awaken us to our responsibilities to heal and bring peace to our earthly home. Breathe once again over the waters, skies, land, and all that inhabit them, breath of God.
May the awareness of our own breathing connect us to you, O God, and to all that lives because you create it, love it, and call it good. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Be blessed this day with frustration at injustice.
To motivate us to work for peace.
Go in peace.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)