Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
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 Czech Republic (chek ri-PUHB-lik), a nation in Central Europe bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland. On 1 January, 1993, the former country of Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved, with its constituent states becoming the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 163:4a
God, the Eternal Creator, weeps for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world because of their unnecessary suffering. Such conditions are not God’s will. Open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children. Do not turn away from them. For in their welfare resides your welfare.
Prayer for Peace
Evalina L. Gustin
Our God, almighty God over all creation:
We come to rejoice with you and to praise you. We come to learn to know you and the ways Jesus taught us that our lives would reflect the example he gave us through you. He has said in many ways, “If anyone will hear my voice and open unto me, I will be with them, sup with them, and help them find the ways of peace.”
O Lord, this could be such an amazing, beautiful Earth to live in if we would all answer your call—and come to you with our whole hearts turned to the divine food you wish to serve us. We do have desires in our hearts to find and share this path you made for us 2,000 years ago. We seek to walk with you in paths of love, hope, and peace as the Holy Spirit counsels and quickens thought and action.
Please guide and strengthen us with the courage to reach out into the lives of others to assist them as they struggle to find your peace in this world.
Lord, we wait upon you with patience; we watch to be alert; we respond to the needs of others to help bring more joy and your love into their lives. Be with them. Be with us.
We ask all in Jesus name and to your glory. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Through All the World a Hungry Christ” number 213 in Community of Christ Sings. Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text.
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 Czech Republic, 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.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org