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 Bahrain [baa·rein], located near the western shores of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East. Bahrain is comprised of more than 84 islands.
Scripture Reading—Psalm 104:33-34
I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
Prayer for Peace
Author: Elizabeth Else
We pray for all persons on earth to experience wholeness.
We pray each has a place of belonging. May each one in the world have a cultural equivalent of a cottage and garden, a place of sanctuary, rest, and play. May each one have healthy and nurturing relationships and many moments of welcome to friends and strangers. May all cupboards be filled with fresh and healthy food sprinkled with favourites that delight. May clean water, warm fires, and cooling fans be available to everyone.
We pray for each person on earth to have access to learning and health care.
We pray for each person on earth to have meaningful work and opportunities for relaxation and creativity.
We pray for each person to live in a community with a healthy political system where each voice is heard.
Forgive us for our complicities to inequality and unjust ways of life. Forgive us for our lack of seeing the enrichment of diversity. Help us with insight and courage to make decisions committed to living in a way that all persons can experience the abundant and generous lives you offer us.
We pray for each of us on earth to know Your love and Your peace, to experience it through daily relationship with You and all creation.
In the Name of the Prince of Peace. Amen
Today’s hymn is “Learn from All the Songs of Earth” number 141 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 Bahrain, 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.