Worship at Kenilworth Union Church : 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

Prayers of the People—July 17

We are grateful for the transition of power in Great Britain. Let us not take for granted the peaceful means by which a new leader emerged. We pray for our own country as we proceed in national elections that voices of unity and a desire to serve the common wealth will prevail.

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Prayers of the People—July 10

Ultimately guns killed these men, we realize, dear God, but they were loaded with hate and fear. This same hate and fear responsible for the bombing of mosques, burning of churches, and killings in churches. Irrational fear and hatred have become the beast that divides us from one another.

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Prayers of the People—July 3

Gracious God, you have blessed us with freedom. On this weekend, celebrating the birth of our country, we give thanks for the men and women who risked everything; wealth, security, children, honor, and their very lives. May their courage and vision inspire in us such commitments to our common good that we too will give what we have to make this country more just, a home for all to flourish, and a nation that respects and protects the lives of all who dwell.

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Communion Prayer—June 26

Help undo our own fear, O God. Where politics divide us, bring new unity. Where migrating neighbors change us, bring new love. Where economies shift, bring new hope. Where violence ruptures, bring new peace. Where pain undoes us, bring new rest. Where grief dominates us, bring new relief. Where life gets in the way of life, bring discernment.

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Prayers of the People—June 19

Keep us close. Help us to turn to each other, to give and receive, to build up instead of tearing down. Restore our hope in you and our ability to safeguard the least, the lost, and the lonely. Guide us with wisdom in how we teach our children and work towards a world of peace.

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Prayers of the People—June 12

We pray particularly for those terrorized last night in Orlando and those who were not present but feel such terror. Whether we live in Orlando or other cities, such hatred infests all our cities. We grieve the loss of life. We condemn such violence. We pray for healing of the broken bodies and the fearful souls. Lord, have mercy…

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Prayers of the People—June 5

God we pray for all families of refugees, for those who have perished at sea, for those who work tirelessly to receive the survivors and care for the lifeless bodies. We pray for those still embarking on such a journey that they will find safe harbor. Bless all those who work to welcome the alien and stranger…for we were all once strangers in foreign lands.

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Communion Prayer—May 29

We gather today at this table to hear our sacred story and to share your sacred meal. We remember your creative power, giving us life. When we strayed from the life you intended for us by living for ourselves and not in harmony with creation, you sent prophets to call us back.

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