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 Turkey, a nation in Eurasia bordered by eight countries and three seas. The area now called Turkey has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. The Anatolian peninsula, comprising most of modern Turkey, is one of the oldest permanently settled regions in the world.
Scripture Reading—John 1:43-46
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Prayer for Peace
Danny A. Belrose
Whirling, swirling skyward
-here, in this sacred space we sense your Spirit, God,
-not because the other places where we walk, talk,
and live out our daily lives are less sacred.
Every sanctuary large or small, humble or ornate
-every living room, field, forest, mountain stream
dedicated to your praise and peace
awakens us to your presence.
We come expectant.
We come in search of you, of ourselves,
of those we know and do not know
who need to be blessed and to be your blessing.
How many feet have journeyed
this Worshiper’s Path, God?
How many faces, races, friends, families, stranger?
Heads bowed in silence.
Hearts filled with hope and anticipation.
Upward. Inward. Slowly, reflectively,
winding their way into spiraling space.
Bringing you here, meeting you here
-taking you with them, God.
Opening themselves, once again,
to your ever-abiding presence at all corners of life.
And somehow awakening to the wonder that they too
are your temple
-each a living, loving sanctuary of peace,
reconciliation, and healing of the Spirit.
May this shining symbol escape its footings and foundation.
May it wander far and wide in crepe soles,
sandals, high-heels, bare feet, and sneakers
-its walls wrapped in suits, saris,
shirts and sundresses.
Let its face be a rainbow of cultures,
young and old, weak and strong
-each a living sanctuary of Christ’s peace.
And may those who never enter its doors, become its doors
welcoming all they meet with the
gift of grace and holy acceptance.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “You Walk along Our Shoreline” number 598 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 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 Turkey, the country we pray for today. May we weep with your tears and act with compassion to heal those who are suffering.
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.
Susan Naylor, snaylor@CofChrist.org