In the Baha’i Faith we have no clergy so various members of the community offer to host devotionals (decide on a topic, choose writings & music from sacred scriptures and incorporate the arts if they feel inspired to do so). We also don’t interpret the Sacred Scripture for others so we do not have sermons. We do however share our thoughts through discussion either as part of the devotional or during the fellowship portion.
Prayer offered both in private and in the company of others, is regarded as essential spiritual nourishment, providing inspiration for positive personal and social change. At devotional gatherings scripture may be read from the Baha’i sacred writings as well as other holy books such as the Bible and the Quran. Baha’is use the prayers revealed by the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. There is no congregational recitation of prayers unless the prayer has been put to music and is sung. Others may be invited to offer a prayer from their spiritual tradition as well.
The Baha’is of Yellow Springs host a community devotional once monthly on Sunday at 11:00 am at the Baha’i Center. Our devotionals consist of reading of Sacred Scriptures, prayer, music, fellowship, and refreshments. There are no sacraments, no rituals and no request for funds.
Blessed is the spot… where mention of God hath been made…
Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
Blessed is the Spot / Luke Slott | Blessed is the Spot / feat Ali Youssefi | Blessed is the Spot / recited in Arabic with original Arabic text & (English Subtitles minute 2:07) | Blessed is the Spot / in Hul’qumi’num (a First Nation dialect, British Colombia, Canada)