International Day of Peace
Lighting of Candle and Invitation
In the name of Jesus, the peaceful One, we gather for this sacred time of prayer in the sacred places across the globe we call home. The symbol and ongoing revelation of the Temple, dedicated to the pursuit of peace, connects us in our collective yearning for peace. Just as the Temple is a tangible expression of divine intent so are we invited to embody and live Christ’s vison as “—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
My name is Richard James. I live in Cardiff, Wales, and participating with me today is Mareva Arnold, Janné Grover, David Nii, Art Smith, Bunda Chibwe, Robin Linkhart, and Carlos Enrique Mejia. We serve as apostles of the peace of Jesus Christ in various parts of the world by sharing our witness and creating “signal communities of justice and peace that reflect the vision of Christ.”
Today the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. A unanimous United Nations resolution declared 21 September as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”
We will begin our participation by observing one global minute of silence which becomes part of a Peace Wave around the world.
“Peace is not merely the absence of war. Nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance of power between enemies. Nor is it brought about by dictatorship. Instead, it is rightly and appropriately called ‘an enterprise of justice’ Isaiah 32:7. Peace results from that harmony built into human society by its divine founder and actualized by people as they thirst after ever greater justice.”
—Second Vatican Council
Scripture Reading—Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Join us now as we pray for the many lives impacted by natural disasters and human conflict across the globe.
Prayers for Peace
Marvea, Art, Robin, Carlos, Bunda
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 context for our Prayers of the People begin with ourselves and move outward, in rippling waves to those we know and love, to strangers and enemies, to the entire world, to all of creation.
Will you join with me in this time of prayer and meditation acknowledging your soul’s yearning for God’s presence and peace? Silently join your heart with God’s.
O God of love, grant us your peace. We struggle with insecurities and fears, weighed down with issues that affect our sense of worth and wholeness. Grant us peace that calms the inner turmoil of our souls and affirms that we are beloved.
O God of life, grant us your peace. We strive for relationships that are fair, equitable and filled with compassion, yet we often find ourselves enslaved in conflicts with others, even those we love. Grant us the strength to listen with our hearts first that we may grow in deeper connection with those whom we call friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family.
O God of hope, grant us your peace. We have grown weary of the sounds of war, violence, oppression and diminishment of men, women and children, yet we fail to heed your urgent invitation to act for justice. Grant us the courage to extend our hands in acts of mercy, service, and peacemaking. We remember all nations, including International Day of Peace, the country we pray for today.
O God of all creation, grant us your peace. We understand that we are made of the same substance as all living things, yet fail to grasp your vision of the sacredness of creation. Make us more aware and weave us into oneness. Grant us a glimpse of your love for creation in all its forms and the compassion to act in ways that respect and honor the genius of your universe.
O God of peace, we offer ourselves as vessels of your grace and peace, so that from where we stand, waves of your loving presence will emanate to bless your world. In and through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Musical Reflection and Sending Forth
May we be the messengers and advocates of peace in a world yearning for hope.