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 Djibouti (ji-BOO-tee), located in the Horn of Africa. This small country offers diverse landscapes such as salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, canyons, and plateaus among others.
Scripture Reading—1 John 3:14, 16-17 NRSV
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Prayer for Peace
Russell E. Waterman
Our Father in Heaven,
Thank you for placing us here in this day and time that we might serve one another in the spirit of your Son Jesus the Christ.
God, it is in and through your Son Jesus that we ask for forgiveness of all our transgressions and things that we are guilty of that would separate us from you, so that we can come boldly into your presence.
We thank you for your divine grace and peace. We are so grateful that we are permitted to come to you with our requests and know that you will listen and answer according to your divine wisdom.
We desire to bring peace unto this world by sharing the good news of the gospel to the poor in spirit, to the bruised, to bring comfort and healing to the sick, to bring deliverance to the captive caught up in sins of lust, greed, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, stealing, or lying. We desire to give sight to the blind, to see with new vision and understanding some of the wonderful things that you have in store for those people that love and serve you.
We ask that the mind of Jesus Christ dwell in us gathered here, and not us alone but that all your children might enter into your peace, the peace that cannot be understood by the world. We desire that others might know you.
Father, mold us in such a way that we might be one as you are one with your Son Jesus the Christ, so that we might bring other souls to the saving knowledge, and spiritual growth; that they will know your peace, joy, and love.
What more can we say then? May we be found doing your will when Jesus the Christ returns to earth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 496 in Community of Christ Sings, “See What Love We Have Been Given!.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 496.
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 Djibouti, 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.