Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this “Temple [that] calls the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Liechtenstein, located in the Upper Rhine valley of the European Alps, and is bordered by Austria and Switzerland. It is the fourth smallest country in Europe with an area of just over 160 square kilometres (62 square miles) and an estimated population of 37,000.
Scripture Reading—3 Nephi 5:56
And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Prayer for Peace
Our Father in Heaven. We pray this day for peace throughout the world. May people in every nation be mindful of others and work to establish peace, not only in their land, community and family, but peace worldwide. Help us to help others. Encourage each of us to pray daily for world enrichment. May your kingdom on earth be available to all humankind. May peace of mind be ours to enjoy this day and forever and ever. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 22 in Community of Christ Sings, “You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 22.
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 Liechtenstein, 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.