Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this time of prayer. The “Temple … an instrument of ongoing revelation in the life of the church. Its symbolism and ministries call people to reverence in the presence of the Divine Being. Transformative encounters with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler await those who follow its spiritual pathways of healing, reconciliation, peace, strengthening of faith, and knowledge.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Slovenia, a nation bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and the Adriatic Sea.
November 1 in the Christian calendar is All Saints’ Day. We include focused remembrance of friends and colleagues who have served this church and who, in the past year, now rest from their labors in God’s loving embrace.
We do not simply remember people who have passed, but acknowledge those who walk with us on our journey toward the peaceable kingdom. As you worship, consider those in your life who have walked with you and helped shape your discipleship. They might have been parents, teachers, pastors, writers, or friends. Today, we celebrate spiritual companions from our past, the present, and those moving together with us into the future.
Scripture Reading—Matthew 5:3-11 NRSV
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Prayer for Peace
E. T. Rockwell
Eternal Spirit—God of our ancestors, we raise our prayer to you. Be to us as you were to them, a fortress, a refuge in the day of trouble. We, too, are tossed about by the uncertainties of life. Like them, we need security. We long for peace. We would embrace the things that endure.
Our ancestors have said that you were to them a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path. Be that to us. Lead us in paths of righteousness.
Our ancestors said you were their friend, the unseen companion of their pilgrimage in whom they could trust. Be that to us.
God of our ancestors, we pray today for our nation and our neighbors near and far. We have not piloted our generation’s life so well that we can be proud of it. Our sorrow lives in the devastation of our wars. Make us seekers of peace, champions of concord, and defenders of righteousness, for your name’s sake.
We ask this in the name of the Prince of Peace—The Messiah—our Lord and Savior.
Today’s hymn is “Oh, How Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit” number 378 in Community of Christ Sings. Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text.
Remembering the Saints
In every time and place, imperfect and broken people are called to offer their gifts readily and cheerfully for the service and enrichment of the body of Christ. Today we pause to remember those who have gone before us, thanking God who “has blessed us on our way,” one generation to the next.
Remembering them means letting their spirits inspire us in our daily lives and allowing them to continue to be a part of our spiritual communities and journey together in Community of Christ.
The list we remember today includes World Church employees, volunteers, and Herald House employees and is probably imperfect. We apologize for any oversight. We know God knows them by name and joins with us in honoring their lives and ministry. As I read the names of those who died during the past year, consider their lives and remember the gift they were to us.
Augustin Derat, Haiti
Larry Wilkinson, USA
Doris Giltner, USA
Lee Oliver, USA
Hale Collins, USA
Kenny Wilson, USA
Joanne Shaw, USA
Bruce Ellis, USA
Dale Luffman, USA
Charles Church, USA
Ralph Ferrett, Australia
Floyd Fears, USA
Gene Hummel, USA
Robert Turner, USA
Esang Ibanga Ankoh, Nigeria
William Ball, USA
Rhonda Melling, USA
Roy Leamon, USA
Ken Stobaugh, USA
James Crum, USA
Sam Marmoy, USA
TD Raju, India
N. Ananda Rao, India
Margaret Dutton, USA
Ram Maharajan, Nepal
Carl Fenn, USA
Mary Choate, USA
JR Shaw, Canada
Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of the ages, we praise you for all your servants,
who have done justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly with their God.
For apostles and martyrs and saints of every time and place,
who in life and death have witnessed to your truth,
we thank you, O God.
For all your servants who have faithfully served you,
witnessed bravely and died in faith,
who are still shining lights in the world,
we thank you, O God.
For those we have known and loved who have shared their gifts, treasure, talents, testimony and passion as ministers and staff of this church; who by their faithful obedience and steadfast hope have shown the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, we thank you, O God.
Keep us grateful for their witness, and, like them, eager to follow in the way of Christ. Attune us to your ever-present Spirit among us. Then at last, loving Creator, bring us together to share in your generous, grace-filled embrace. Through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Make every breath one of thanksgiving;
Make every deed a channel of justice;
Make every thought a peaceful one;
Go in peace.