Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred time. The Temple “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 Burkina Faso (bu̇r-ˈkē-nə-ˈfä-sō), a nation in West Africa surrounded by six countries. French is its official language. The northwestern part of today’s Burkina Faso was first populated by hunter-gatherers between 14,000 and 5,000 BC.
Scripture Reading—Micah 4:1-3 NRSV
In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
and many nations shall come and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more;
Prayer for Peace
On this day, Lord, we come with one accord. We realize how wonderful our opportunity is to share with you our feelings about peace. These feelings are mixed with concerns. They are surrounded with hopes and desires.
Within ourselves we admit we stand before you in ignorance of just what peace is. The peace we understand is that which we sense is nearby. Yet we know that peace is not just for us. It is for all of your creation and that peace is not out of our reach or our sight.
We would like to raise our voices and "Shout the Tidings of Salvation" to those who have never heard before. We would like to stretch our arms to include those who know not your kingdom. We want to make our hearts so large that we will give more of ourselves to follow the example of sacrifice set by your son.
O, Lord, if we cry out "peace, peace" let not the words be wasted in the winds of war, to be wafted about among the machines of destruction. May words of peace be picked out of those winds by persons who are beating their machines of war into plowshares which will produce the whitened fields ready for harvest.
Give us wisdom to discern how to enlarge our capabilities to reach out to those who are hungering after righteousness. If there are those who do not know what it means to have this kind of hunger, then Lord, let them have peace. Let them know peace. Let them know we desire to be peacemakers. Bless all with a righteous desire to be peacemakers.
Creator God, hear our prayer. Let there be peace! Amen.
Today’s hymn is “O God of Every Nation” number 312 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 Burkina Faso, 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.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)