Gathering in Silence
Call to Prayer
Lighting of Candle
In the name of Jesus Christ, welcome to this sacred space. The Temple “stand(s) as a towering symbol of a people who knew injustice and strife on the frontier and who now seek the peace of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”
—Doctrine and Covenants 161:2b
Today in our prayers we remember the people of Somalia [sow·maa·lee·uh], located in the Horn of Africa and bordered by Ethiopia, Djibouti, the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, and Kenya. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland and has been inhabited since at least the Paleolithic era.
Scripture Reading—Doctrine and Covenants 85:38c
and above all things, clothe yourselves with the bonds of charity, as with a mantle, which is a bond of perfectness and peace; pray always, that you may not faint until I come; behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself. Amen.
Prayer for Peace
God above; we lift our hearts to you in prayer. Help us to understand your will, that we may become a peaceful people throughout your world. In your word, we are told, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Lord, help us to become peacemakers; improve our skills in making peace on earth. We want to have a stable and loving home life, so there will be peace in our hearts, our churches, and our communities. We say, “Lord let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” We want to reach out to others. Help us to reach out to others in reconciliation and follow the example of your son.
We need help to see and appreciate the worth of humanity throughout the world. We accept our Lord as our example of peace. Give us guidance and empowerment that we do what we can do to bring peace into the world. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Today’s hymn is “Praise the Source of Faith and Learning” number 174 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 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 Somalia, 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.