Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace where “God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge, drawn from the nations of the world, that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Sweden, a nation in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel. About 15 percent of Sweden lies north of the Arctic Circle.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 111:1-2, 7
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
Prayer for Peace
Glenn C. Johnson
Creator of life and author of peace,
We offer up this prayer for peace, seeking earnestly for peace within our hearts, peace within our relationships, peace within our communities, and peace within our world.
Thank you, O God, for the great gift of peace you have given us in the life of Jesus and the abiding comfort of your Spirit. We pause at this moment to remember your words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you.”
Calm our hearts. Let us breathe in the peace you intend for our lives and consider our need for peace in daily living.
As we meditate upon peace, we are also aware of injustice in our world, our communities, and our homes. Forgive us, O God, when we ignore injustice or silently contribute to inequality by receiving rewards based on privilege. Grant us the wisdom to live our lives as stewards of peace.
Help us to discover more deeply what Jesus taught us about the basileia tou theou, the kingdom of God. Help us to find ways to work together to build the peaceable realm of God by becoming a people of the Temple, a temple that is dedicated to peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit. Indeed, help us to share the peace of Jesus Christ freely and joyfully.
We are so thankful for this moment each day, when our prayers ascend to you, when we consider the needs in our world, and our needs within. Bless each of us with that calm reassurance of your peaceful presence even now, we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Give Thanks,” number 134 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 Sweden, 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