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 healing of the spirit.” “You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5a; 163:3a
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Haiti, located on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. It shares the island with the Dominican Republic, occuping three-eights of the land. Haiti has the second largest population of any country in the Caribbean and is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 157:16
In the many places where you are called to labor, the forces of darkness and destruction are active indeed, and seem to hold sway. Your hearts are burdened by the magnitude of the tasks that are yours in bringing the light of my gospel into such darkness. Nevertheless, I have heard your prayers when you have cried out to me, and I have been with you in the places where you occupy. I am aware of your desires to serve me and my assurance is that as you go forth, your offerings of faith and service are acceptable to me.
Prayer for Peace
As we light this candle that we see, to represent peace, we pray that your Spirit, Lord, will fill us with the warmth of peace. We, also, pray that this warmth will go out from this sacred place of peace and touch hearts and souls across the planet. Even now, please soften hearts that have grown cold and hard. May your peace that we do not understand bring inner calm as your children trust you and surrender to your will. Though many live in places of danger and turmoil, I pray that they may place their trust in you, the Creator of all, and that they can experience peace, as only you can give.
Thank you for the privilege of prayer, of being able to speak to you, the Great Almighty and all merciful Lord. Thank you for always listening to us at any time, day or night.
In the name of the great peacemaker, Jesus. Amen.
Today’s hymn is 80 in Community of Christ Sings, “O Lord, Grace Our Communion.” Sing or silently reflect on the meaning of the text as it is sung. Hymn number 80.
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 from this Temple of peace 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 Haiti, 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.