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 Yemen, a nation in Western Asia on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is a developing country in civil war, rife with political crises, corruption and poverty. Yet it was once known as the land of milk and honey and location of the secret to eternal life.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 158:11a-b
Therefore, continue to be strong in faith. To you who hear my voice and know my promises I will reveal myself and give my peace, even in the midst of your uncertainties.
Indeed, I am longing to pour out greater blessings than you have ever known if you, my people, will open yourselves through preparation, study, and prayer.
Prayer for Peace
Eternal God, we thank you for your unconditional love that brings such hope and joy. We come this day to this special place to pray for peace.
Violence and wars tear us apart. Violence and wars where the influence of leaders often causes good people to kill good people. Each fighting for a cause that often becomes obscure and the only certainty is homelessness, poverty, hopelessness and unbelievable suffering, especially for the children and the aged.
We know you never meant us to live like that Lord. May your spirit guide us to mend our world and to bring peace according to your truth resident within us. May we ever work for justice and may our longing for peace be passionate.
O God, we seek peace in our own place, for we realize to find peace anywhere we must make peace within ourselves; only then can we make peace in the world. May we repent, not merely for the hateful words and actions, but for the unexplainable silence.
Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, and our universe. Peace. Peace. Peace. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Praise the Source of Faith and Learning,” number 174 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 from this Temple of peace 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 Yemen, 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.