Nigeria – map
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your wholehearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ.” —Doctrine and Covenants 164 9b.
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Nigeria located in West Africa. Nigeria is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa,” because of its large population and economy. With approximately 184 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa.
Scripture Reading — Galatians 5:21-23
…envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Prayer for Peace
Almighty God and Creator of All, we come here to honor and praise you for your never ending love and patience. Let there be a love of peace so strong in your children gathered here that it will sweep across nations and touch each of your children. We pray that your influence will give us a desire for study and unselfish living with one another.
Let the Temple be the physical means by which people can come to learn what they can do to influence others toward peace. Together, with your help, we will accomplish the goal of peace you have set before us. Encourage our faithfulness, kindness, and self-control, to influence and contribute to being your peacemakers. Help us so that we will be more loving and will let your Holy Spirit control our thoughts and actions.
In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, #46 in Community of Christ Sings, “Holy Spirit, Come With Power” by singing or silently reflecting on the meaning of the text as it is played. Hymn #46.
Prayers of the People
As we enter into 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 people from all countries, including Nigeria, the country for which we pray this day into unity and oneness. 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.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.