Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Venezuela. Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela is bordered by Colombia, Brazil, Guyana and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Prayer for Peace
O God of Justice and Mercy,
We pray in the name of your son, the Prince of Peace, for all those souls who suffer from the terror of oppression and war. When we hear the daily news concerning the strife of peoples in Afghanistan, Mexico, Syria, Yemen and other places throughout the world, we are deeply saddened by their suffering. In our finer moments we might grieve for our nameless brothers and sisters. We can only imagine how terrible is their pain and anguish.
But how much more grievous their burdens must be to you, their creator and their God. They are your children as are we, and we know you love each of them far more than we can comprehend. And their oppressors are also your children, and you love them, too. Our compassion for them is paled by your compassion for them. Our concern for them is diminished by limited knowledge of their plight and absorption with our own day-to-day trials and tribulations. Your concern is borne on full understanding of their external pain and the anguish in their hearts. You hear their prayers and find ways to bless them despite their turmoil.
O God, we would pray for a righteous peace in all those places. Help us to become your peacemakers, your hands and feet, to bring about conditions that overcome injustice and lead to peace. Help us to recognize the need for peacemaking in our own neighborhoods, in our work places, in our schools. Bless our good desires, purify them and make them righteous that we might be your servants in the building of the kingdom. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” number 247 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 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 Venezuela, 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.