Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit.” “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Slovakia(sloh-vah-kee-uh), a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, and Hungary.
Scripture Reading—Luke 4:16-19 NRSV
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Prayer for Peace
We are weary.
Weary of hatred and division. Weary of destruction. Weary of violence that tears at the heart and soul.
We are sick and in pain.
We ache at the destruction of this world you gave us and called us over which to be stewards.
Our tears flow when we see families lost in the rubble of their homes...when they feel they have no choice but to try to flee to a safer place, even though the journey is dangerous.
And yet—despite all this—we still often harden our hearts...unable to see our kinship. We turn our backs—and nothing changes.
Give us new hearts, Divine One—hearts of flesh to replace our hearts of stone.
Give us a new spirit—a spirit of compassion and willingness to change.
Only then will we—and the whole world—be healed and find the peace we are desperately searching. Only then can we live.
Together we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Look at This Man, Born of God” number 26 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 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 Slovakia, 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.