Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer (9 chimes)
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where we are called to, “above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Germany, located in Western and Central Europe, with Denmark bordering to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria to the southeast, Switzerland to the southwest, France, Luxembourg and Belgium lie to the west, and the Netherlands to the northwest.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3c
There are subtle, yet powerful, influences in the world, some even claiming to represent Christ, that seek to divide people and nations to accomplish their destructive aims. That which seeks to harden one human heart against another by constructing walls of fear and prejudice is not of God. Be especially alert to these influences, lest they divide you or divert you from the mission to which you are called.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Steven L. Shields
Compassionate and Eternal God,
We call upon you this day, as do many others of different faith communities, in a spirit of unity to pray for peace. We marvel at the diversity of your human creations—the different expressions of faith that have emerged in various cultures around the planet—and we know that it is in such diversity that we find distinctive and unparalleled beauty.
We recall the experience of the children of Israel, who so many centuries ago found themselves in captivity by the waters of Babylon. There, as they sat down and wept, they wondered how they could worship their God in a strange land. And it was then that a most marvelous revelation came to light when they realized that you, O God, were more than just their national God, but that you were the One God to whom all humankind must give humble and joyous worship.
And so we join countless millions today who pray to you through the experiences of their own times and places—and their rich cultural and religious communities—and pray for peace in the world. Bring, O God, peace, to each of us and to all men, women, and children. Send among us teachers who will guide us just as Jesus and others like him have taught generations past.
We offer this prayer with humble anticipation. Amen.
You are invited to share in the hymn for today, “You Walk along Our Shoreline” number 598 in Community of Christ Sings. You may silently reflect on the meaning of the text or join in singing number 598.
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 Germany, 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.