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 Gabon [ga·bown], located along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa and includes significant areas of protected parkland, including the famed Loango National Park, which provides shelter for a diversity of wildlife, from gorillas and hippos to whales.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 151:9
You who are my disciples must be found continuing in the forefront of those organizations and movements which are recognizing the worth of persons and are committed to bringing the ministry of my Son to bear on their lives.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Darlene Bowden
Dear Lord, we long to see that happy day
When all war and strife on earth shall cease,
When Christ-like love and brotherhood hold sway,
And truth prevails in blessed perfect peace—
That joyful day when men no more shall die
In battle, and the wolf and young lamb feed.
The lion, leopard, and the calf shall lie
Together with a little child to lead.
Teach us to live as you would have us live—
Becoming worthy of that dwelling place.
Help us to be more giving and to forgive,
To worship hand in hand with every race.
We know that prayer can be our greatest tool
Until the Prince of Peace shall come to rule. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Sacred the Body” number 140 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 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 Gabon, 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.