Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this service of peace. “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment. Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 162:1b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of El Salvador, located in Central America. This country is the smallest and most densely populated of nations in the area. Of the nearly 7 million people living there, the majority are Mestizos of European and Indigenous American descent. It is a small country that has known great violence.
Scripture Reading—Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Prayer for Peace
Creator God who loves all people, as we gather this day, our prayers will rise to you among the thousands of other prayers being offered. Hear, O God, our prayer for peace. Hear, O God, our petitions for peace on Earth. Hear, O God, our desire to be one of the peacemakers.
As we find your spirit with us, may that same god spirit of truth, love and peace fill the hearts of those in El Salvador. May they learn of your love and know we are one in the Spirit. We may be separated by distance and culture, but we are drawn together in community with our prayers for peace in this world.
We pray for an increased awareness in our lives for our responsibility to bring peace to all your creation. We are joint-heirs on this planet, and it is our task to accept the care and stewardship over all within our influence. Our prayer is that we respond affirmatively to the message of your son, Jesus the Christ, in whose name this prayer is offered. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “How Can We Name a Love,” 2 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 El Salvador, 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, DPP@CofChrist.org