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An unidentified Sikh elder prays yesterday at the Khalsa Darbar Temple in Toronto. The temple will hold its Saturday night service in candlelight for Earth Hour. More coverage, page 8.

When a thousand worshippers gather at the Ontario Khalsa Darbar, a Sikh temple in Malton, on Saturday evening they will be greeted with traditional bhajans (hymns), prayers and chants. But most will notice an obvious difference: The service will take place in the dark, but for the glow of candles.

The temple is one of many religious groups across the GTA that will host services during Earth Hour or refer to it on Sunday, viewing it as both an environmental cause and a spiritual one.

Cherishing the environment is also the message minister Norman Seli hopes to get across during the Earth Hour event at Jubilee United Church in Toronto, which will include a barbecue, acoustic music, games and speeches. "We are part of creation, and it’s out of love that we take care of creation and each other," said Seli. "Living with respect to creation is a large part of what our church is about."