Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
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 Vatican City, a city state in Italy. Vatican City is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and is surrounded by Rome. This walled enclave is the smallest state in the world in both area and population and is ruled by the Pope.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 162:2b
Listen to its teachings and discover anew its principles. Do not yearn for times that are past, but recognize that you have been given a foundation of faithful service, even as you build a foundation for what is yet to be.
Prayer for Peace
God of the Universe and Parent of us all, create within us the desire for peace. Give us discernment to find avenues of common ground where adversaries may acknowledge each other as children of God.
Grant us wisdom to distinguish compromise of cherished personal ideas from the compromise of your holy principles.
We acknowledge you to be perfect peace. Help us to become more like you and to share your qualities of peace with those about us. May our inner peace be the catalyst that brings us to bold action which will not diminish or cease until your purposes come to fruition.
Our prayer is offered in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 317 in Community of Christ Sings, “The Peace of Jesus Christ.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 317.
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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and, ultimately, the planet.
Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.
Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.
Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.
Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including Vatican City, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.
Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.
May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.
As we depart in joy,
Be part of transformations toward peace, and
Generate hope for the world.
Go in peace.