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 Turkmenistan (turk-menistan), a nation in Central Asia. It is bordered by the Caspian Sea and is largely covered by the Karakum Desert.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 37:37 NRSV
Mark the blameless, and behold the upright,
for there is posterity for the peaceable.
Prayer for Peace
Phyllis Shields Hurshman
No one can choose for me
How I respond to what they do.
My freedom bound in my response.
I choose to let them have no hold on me.
I will be free in my soul.
Though they hate
I will love.
When they demean I will lift them up to God,
That in my freedom they might see
The possibility of their own.
One by one the voices stilled
And slipped away.
One by pain, one by sorrow
Another by regret.
So many reasons—so many lost.
We must regain the voices
By filling the empty places with love.
Thawing the cold places with warmth
That our voices might again swell in chorus.
Today’s hymn is “How Deep the Silence of the Soul” number 165 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, ultimately, the planet.
Jesus Christ, the light of the world, invites you into his presence and his peace. Please allow yourself to breathe deeply and envision yourself in his all-embracing light as we share the prayers of the people.
Radiant God, we come into your presence grateful for the light you have brought into the world; breathe your spirit into our very beings. May your love shine from within us as evidence that you continue to bless your creation with possibility and peace.
Illuminating One, as we experience that light within us, help us radiate your love and light to those around us. May our friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors become aware of your light that emanates from within them as well, redeeming brokenness and creating peace.
Light of the world, extend ever-increasing brightness within this circle of self and friends to those who live all around the world. We remember all nations, including Turkmenistan, the country we pray for today. In places of darkness and hopelessness, may rays of your saving light break through and provide the way to hope and peace.
Holy One, who created darkness and light, bless all your creation with the energy your light produces. Continue to sustain all forms of life—seen and unseen, for the welfare of your beloved creation. May the entire Earth be at peace.
May the One who spoke light into darkness and substance out of the void hear our prayers. May the circle of light in which we live be enlarged to encompass all that was, and is, and is to be. Amen.
As we depart in joy,
Be part of transformations toward peace, and
Generate hope for the world.
Go in peace.