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 Hong Kong, located on the south coast of China and is a special administrative region of that country. Hong Kong, which means “fragrant harbour” in chinese, is a strong and prosperous manufacturing and financial center of China.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 158:11a
Therefore, continue to be strong in faith. To you who hear my voice and know my promises I will reveal myself and give my peace, even in the midst of your uncertainties.
Prayer for Peace
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come before you, giving you all the honor and the glory which is yours already. You are the light of the world for all of us in every land. Give us guidance to do your bidding more fully and bring about peace in our lives as well as in all nations, especially for the children. Bless our efforts to share our love with others as you have with us. Forgive us of our sins as we forgive others, and help us to be aware more fully each day of the power of your son Jesus Christ working in and through us for the benefit of all.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 287 in Community of Christ Sings, “Come and Bring Light.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 287.
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 Hong Kong, 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.