Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “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 Germany, located in Western and Central Europe, with Denmark bordering to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria to the southeast, Switzerland to the southwest, France, Luxembourg and Belgium lie to the west, and the Netherlands to the northwest.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 157:11
Hear, O my people of the church, I am Jesus Christ of whom you have sung and testified and in whose name you pray. I am the spirit of love and peace which is in the world and yet not known by the world.
Prayer for Peace
Dear God, in our Prayer for Peace today we seek your clarity and your courage for the sake of children; clarity to recognize injustice against the most helpless in our society, and courage to act on their behalf.
God, you showed us your love. In Christ’s life, ministry, and death, we begin to understand the depths of your compassion, and we know that you comprehend the pain and hope parents feel.
Help us to challenge those systems within our influence that would value the wealth of some over the health and safety of children, these in our midst, who are most vulnerable.
We pray for children in Cairo, Bogota, Kansas City and throughout the world, whose home is the street and whose constant companions are need and fear. We pray for children whose innocence has been compromised by greed or neglect.
We pray for those children whose consciences have been crippled by racism, hate, or affluence; for children whose eyes have been blinded and hearts hardened by excess, by harm, or by ego.
We ask your Spirit’s nearness when we fail or stumble in our attempts to uphold each child of yours. We need your presence so that we will not be discouraged in our efforts or lose sight of the ways in which your love connects us to each other.
We believe your kingdom is a place where each child can know their worth, to you and to the world. Guide us individually and as a body as we endeavor to create a space for your kingdom in our midst.
We offer this prayer to you, that Christ’s way might more fully become our way. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 89 in Community of Christ Sings, “When Morning Gilds the Sky.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 89.
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 Germany, 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.