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 – 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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Pastoral Prayer – May 18, 2014

In this season of commencement, be with our graduates. Be with graduates who move to new places and into new communities. Shine your light as graduates say goodbye to the places that have sheltered them, the teachers who have nurtured them, and the friends who have stood by them. Grant each graduate peace as they prepare for new beginnings.

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