Turkey – map

Gathering in Silence

Call to Prayer

Lighting of Candle

Invitation

In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple – those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.   —Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a

Today in our prayers we remember the people of Turkey located in Eurasia and bordered by eight countries and three seas.  The area of Turkey has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. The Anatolian peninsula, comprising most of modern Turkey, is one of the oldest permanently settled regions in the world.

Scripture Reading — Psalm 34:14

Depart from evil, and do good;

seek peace, and pursue it.

Prayer for Peace

Denver Congregation, Denver, Colorado

Eternal Parent of all creation . . . . . countries. . . . . oceans. . . . . seas. . . . . plains. . . . . mountains. . . . . peoples;  you have blessed your children throughout history and have extended your love and grace to all.  No one is outside your spirit of love and compassion.

Help us express your peace, not only in words but in deeds and actions.  Help us be courageous and let our fears neither divide us, nor keep us from joining with those from different cultures.

Please help us find peace within ourselves and others, being always mindful of how our thoughts and actions impact those around us.  We humbly ask your forgiveness for any pain or anguish we have caused.  We thank you for your faithfulness and seek your presence to become aware of your guidance for all humanity.

Help us continue your work, accepting our differences and growing stronger together on our journey to bring forth your kingdom of peace.

In Christ’s Holy Name,   Amen.

Hymn

You are invited to share in the hymn for today, #186 in Community of Christ Sings, “Let Us Pray for One Another” by singing or silently reflecting on the meaning of the text as it is played.  Hymn #186.

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 this day begin with ourselves and then, enlarging life’s circle, move outward to include those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, and to all of creation.

Will you pause for the next few moments in the quiet of this sanctuary, away from the worries of the world, to silently add your own thoughts and prayers to the prayers of the people.

Pause

God of all time and space, I stand waiting for your peace to enter my broken and chaotic soul, just as you wait for me to pause long enough to breathe and simply be. May your peace fill the space that I now create with my breath and my being.  Hear my often impatient cry, “Be with me, O Prince of Peace, and make me whole.”

Pause

Source of our being, we stand waiting for your peace to enter into our broken and chaotic relationships, just as you wait for us to pause long enough to invite you in. May your reconciling presence bring us to a point of apology and forgiveness, of offering and receiving, and unity. Hear our impatient cry, “Be with us, O Prince of Peace and make us one.”

Pause

Lord of all earth’s people, the world stands waiting for your peace to calm the warring nations, to stem the tide of violence we inflict against one another, just as you wait for us to stop the madness long enough to see one another as family including those living in the country of Turkey, for which we pray today.  May your profound compassion for your children flow within us. Enable us to surrender our hatred and fear and be filled instead with your loving kindness and mercy. Hear our often impatient cry, “Be with our human family, O Prince of Peace and make us one.”

Pause

Creator of all, your creation stands waiting for your healing touch to restore all living things to oneness and wholeness, just as you wait for us to revere what you have given us as a sacred gift. May your generous offering of water, earth, air, and all that has life bring us to a remembrance of our physical and spiritual connection with everything that was, is, and will be.  Help us honor our call as stewards of the earth.  Hear our impatient cry, “Be with our earth, O Prince of Peace. Make all things one.”

Pause

We ask for this blessing of your peace in and through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Musical Reflection

Sending Forth

Live simply.  Value others.

Honor the earth.  Walk in sacred footsteps.

Go in peace.