From Erin Mills United Church, Mississauga, Ontario.
This could be used as a closing, after a meeting or gathering. Each person is provided with a taper and one of the passages on peace listed below. The Christ Candle is in the centre of the room. If possible gather people in a circle around the Christ Candle. As each person lights their candle, they read their passage on peace.
Kathy Toivanen, one of the ministers at Erin Mills shared that they had used this ritual as a closing for one of their confirmation classes and people were deeply touched by the blessing and the challenge of the light spreading and the words of peace.
Please feel free to adapt to meet your group's needs.
"if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink..."
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward all"
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O God, make me lie down in safety.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God"
"I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Love and fidelity have come together; justice and peace join hands.
In the tender of compassion of our God, the dawn from heaven will break upon us, to shine on those who live in darkness, under the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
"...be at peace with one another."
"I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore."
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits...
God shall judge between the nations; and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
What does God require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
May God give strength to God's people and bless them with peace!
Let me hear what God will speak, for God will speak peace to God's people, to the faithful, to those who turn to God in their hearts.
Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, ...Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Proverbs 3:13, 17
The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
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."
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath.
Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
1 Corinthians 13:11
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.