Oh Great God, we are gathered here, your people, seeking out your face and the peace that is found in your Presence.
Let us dwell always in your presence, and walk in Your peace.
When humanity opened the door to sin, we were plunged into darkness and despair. But You, Loving God, have made peace with us and restored us to grace.
For Your infinite mercy and lovingkindness, we thank You.
You sent your son Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, into the world as a human to save and heal Your children who were lost. The light of peace came into the world.
We who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace!
We prepare our hearts now and acknowledge that Christ's work on the cross was the beginning of Your kingdom here on earth. Your kingdom is a peaceable kingdom, where lion and lamb may lie down together, where there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female. We are all one in the peace of Christ.
May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, and may we carry the light of peace wherever we go.