Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space where you are invited to “Become a people of the Temple—those who see violence but proclaim peace, who feel conflict yet extend the hand of reconciliation, who encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Nepal, a nation in South Asia bordering China and India. It is home to eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 162:3a-b
Do not be discouraged. You have not been promised an easy path, but you have been assured that the Spirit that calls you will also accompany you.
That Spirit is even now touching alive the souls of those who feel the passion of discipleship burning deeply within. Many others will respond if you are persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world.
Prayer for Peace
Phyllis R. Shields Hurshman
When our hearts are in turmoil and our spirits in distress,
Peace cannot be found.
When the daily struggles we face overwhelm us
We are robbed of our opportunity for closeness with you.
As our souls hunger for your presence, calm the strife within us.
Release its hold on us, and grant us your peace, that we may say as one:
I embrace whatever you send my way today.
If it be sorrow, give me the wisdom to learn the lesson that would make me more like you.
If it be happiness, let me wrap myself in the comfort of its glow.
If it be another’s pain, let me comfort them with the comfort you have given me.
For you are my god, and I know that you desire my best good,
And I will carry a song of praise for you in my heart, forever.
In the name of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “We Call Out to You” number 299 in Community of Christ Sings. Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text.
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 Nepal, 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.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org, 816-529-3718 (call or text)