Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
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 Bosnia-Herzegovina (BOZ-nee-uh her-tsuh-goh-VEE-nuh), located on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and the Adriatic Sea. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a region that traces permanent human settlement back to the Neolithic age.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 146:2, 5-8
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Sandee Gamet
God, we come at this time remembering the events that led to Jesus’ death. He was a man of truth, without political power, poor and misunderstood.
Today we continue to see those without power being denied the worth in which they were created. We struggle to find peace in a world that often seeks power over justice. We are tempted to hurt others that have hurt us like one of the disciples rather than acting with compassion as Jesus did. We struggle to discern truth and to find ways to heal and stop violence.
When we are tempted to run away rather than proclaiming who we are as Christians, bless us with courage, patience, and love to confront acts of injustice and violence. Help us to see ways we can bring your vision of shalom to our families, friends, communities, and creation. We pray these things in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “Louez le Seigneur !” number 106 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 106.
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 Bosnia-Herzegovina, 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.