Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
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 Belarus (beh-lr-oos), located in Eastern Europe neighboring Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 151:9
You who are my disciples must be found continuing in the forefront of those organizations and movements which are recognizing the worth of persons and are committed to bringing the ministry of my Son to bear on their lives.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Sharon P. Troyer
Dear Maker of All Life, Source of all goodness and healing,
We have called you many names, and even by those words we cannot capture your mystery; Spirit, Source, Forgiver, Creator, Sustainer, Almighty, Lord God, Abba, Father. We seek your name because you have named us your own, and in that we have our life and being.
We thank you with humility for calling us, by placing in us a longing to be at one with your love, so that in each separated moment our restlessness summons us home. Grant us the peace in our hearts that creates the space to allow us to step into the active moments of service, not as people who are healed, but as the wounded healers who trust in your grace.
Give us wisdom and discernment to see the “God-radiance” in all persons, to recognize it readily and to reflect it to them, lest they wait alone having forgotten who they really are. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Sacred the Body” number 140 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 140.
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 context for our Prayers of the People 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.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including Belarus, the country we pray for today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.