Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this Temple which is “dedicated to the pursuit of peace. …[and which] shall be for reconciliation and for
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of
Scripture Reading—Luke 19:41-42 NRSV
As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
Prayer for Peace
Jesus said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). But this goes against our human impulse
to strike back,
to fight our enemies,
to win at all costs.
Why do you challenge us to do the impossible?
How can we love ones who
seek to harm us, and
would destroy all we hold dear?
But wait. Is it a commandment or an invitation?
We are created by love and for love.
That is the true human impulse.
You invite us to live our true nature.
This is the way to joy and peace.
Help us, in the name of Jesus Christ,
to love when we would rather hate.
Help us live in the ways of peace,
Today’s hymn is 465 in Community of Christ Sings, “Filled with Excitement.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 465.
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 begin with individuals and groups, then move out from this Temple of peace to include the human family and the planet.
Allow yourself to come reverently into the presence of the Divine and please join with me in prayer. Transformative encounters await you here with the Eternal Creator and Reconciler.
Creator God, cleanse our hearts. Accept the confession of our flaws and failures, and make us whole. Transform us, O God, into the persons of peace and grace you created us to be.
Redeeming God, bring to our awareness those persons and relationships that are broken, and make us conscious of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Transform us for relationships of wholeness once again.
Saving God, allow us to feel your love and concern for your children in communities around the world, far and near. We remember all nations, including
God of all creation, stir within us a deep connection with everything you have created; make us aware of the sacred nature of all that surrounds us and lead us into deep reverence that cultivates nurturing actions.
May these prayers of concern, compassion, and transformation for ourselves, others, all people, and the Earth lead us into a world shaped by your unconditional love, O God. Amen.
Cherish inner peace. Honor relationships.
Become communities of love, joy, hope, and peace.
Go in peace.