Mauritania – map
Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this ”Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.” —Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Mauritania located in western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 90% of Mauritania’s land is within the Sahara Desert; consequently, the population is concentrated in the south.
Scripture Reading — Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Prayer for Peace
I seek a heart that is attuned to listen to the sounds of human life – the murmurings of pain and
struggle, the babble of confusion and doubt, the whispering of yearnings, the ecstatic outburst of joy and delight.
I seek a heart with an interior vision that “sees” beyond the exterior – the peacefulness of a life well spent, the prayerfulness of the quiet, the agony of the fearful, the loneliness of the complainer.
I seek a heart imbued with feeling that can penetrate closed walls: walls that shut out closeness, walls that prohibit friendship, walls that choke out life.
I seek a heart that is other-centered, motivated by love of my God, freely giving, joyfully surrendering selfish whims, peacefully touching life with beauty, gently walking in God’s way. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, #77 in Community of Christ Sings, “Gather Your Children” by singing or silently reflecting on the meaning of the text as it is played. Hymn #77.
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 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 needs at this time, 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, including Mauritania, the country for which we pray this day, receive your love, peace, and healing.
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.
Live simply. Value others.
Honor the earth. Walk in sacred footsteps.
Go in peace.