Worship at KUC: Pastoral Prayers

The Pastoral Prayer is a prayer offered by a minister in the course of a service of worship for and on behalf of the congregation. Traditionally, the Pastoral prayer has occupied a prominent place in the period of prayers in the Sunday worship service. Here at KUC, it is usually prayed by the liturgist after the first scripture reading. The Pastoral Prayer is the means to an end: to the worshiper’s coming into the actual presence of God.

Recent Pastoral Prayers

Pastoral Prayer – August 3, 2014

Whatever may happen in our lives, we need not be uncertain of the future for you have declared that you will triumph over all evil. You have been our help in ages past and surely you will be our very present help in years to come.

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Confirmation Wilderness Canoe Trip: A Sending Prayer

We go into the wilderness for Confirmation because God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but on the trees and flowers and clouds and stars. The writer of Psalm 8 must have experienced something similar, for the Psalmist writes, “When I look at the heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established… O Lord, our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

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Pastoral Prayer – July 20, 2014

Send your Spirit of peace and wisdom to the Middle East. Send prophets among them to hear your word. May your presence and the common father of Abraham stir in the hearts of the leaders of Palestine and Israel so they rescue one another and create a peace sustained by generations.

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Pastoral Prayer – July 13, 2014

Today, we hold deep gratitude for family near and far. Today, we sing hallelujah for friends sitting alongside us at our tables. Today, we praise you for Sabbath rest and for the very movement of our bodies. Today, even our very breath is a song of praise, echoing your deep ancient spirit.

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Pastoral Prayer – July 6, 2014

In this week of patriotism and celebration, we pray for that part of your kingdom that is our country. We pray for those we hold near to our hearts, our family and friends. We pray for our neighbors and our nation. And, we pray for the places, places near to our hearts, or not, place near to our homes, or not, where there is pain, where there is violence and unrest, where there is terrorism, war, abuse, exploitation and death.

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Pastoral Prayer – June 29, 2014

We give you thanks for calling the church into being, to be Christ’s hands and feet, his voice and his heart. We praise you for the 122 years this church has stood as a witness to your sovereignty on this corner and for nourishing the lives of countless generations. Inspire us continually to bring new life into being with seven habits, daily prayers and constant praise to you. Call us to serve. Challenge us to learn. Guide us to become what you will. Bless these new members that we all are changed as the body of Christ grows.

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