Today in our prayers we remember the people of Slovenia.
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—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
Slovenia [slow·vee·nee·uh] is in southern Central Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and the Adriatic Sea.
Scripture Reading—Luke 1:76-79
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to shine upon those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Prayer for Peace
Father, we are a fractured people. We see your children as “others,” alien to us. We cloister ourselves in insular colonies of like thought and consider no other viewpoint. We shout others down when we should listen to them.
Hosanna! Save us!
Our world, our nations, our communities, our households all suffer in our voluntary and militant separation. We forget the mighty Love that unites us not just in Christendom, but among all Your children.
Help us to see with your eyes. Help us to seek reconciliation. Help us to answer with love and friendship when we are confronted by anger and division. Help us welcome when our instinct is to withdraw.
Help us see your beloved Son in the faces we encounter every day.
Choose a favorite hymn of peace and justice.
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 will begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
You are invited to join in prayer and meditation as you close your eyes and imagine yourself held in God’s loving hands. Be aware of your current needs, known to you and the one who calls you by your name.
God of my life, may I receive your love, peace, and healing.
Imagine someone who is close to you being held in God’s loving hands. Perhaps this person is a good friend or someone with whom you are struggling.
God of relationships, may this person receive your love, peace, and healing.
Envision all the people of the world, every nation and tribe, every town and village. Imagine those that live in oneness, as well as those ravaged by war and violence.
God of all peoples, may these communities receive your love, peace, and healing. We remember all nations, including Slovenia, the country we pray for today.
Behold all that God has created. See the beauty of the Earth. Recognize the brokenness and destruction we have caused. Imagine all the beauty and the damage held in God’s loving hands.
God of creation, may this planet receive your love, peace, and healing.
May this spirit of peace and compassion for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth remain alive in us this day. Amen.
Take the peace you have found today in this sacred space with you into the world—renewed and inspired to act.
Go in peace.