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

Prayers of the People—April 17

Risen One, be with the Nigerian girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram, some of whom were shown this week to still be alive two years later. Risen one, be known to us in the beating of their hearts. And, O God, be in Ecuador, where an earthquake unraveled a city, killing 77, and in Japan, where the earth also shook, taking dozens of lives. Risen one, be known to us in the earth’s shattering news.

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Prayers of the People—April 10

We give thanks for the commitment of our Confirmands:
for the scriptures they’ve studied,
for the faith they’re beginning to forge,
the puzzles they’ve pondered,
the questions they’ve asked,
the misgivings they’ve confronted,
the friends they’ve made,
the discipleship they’ll promise.

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Prayers of the People—April 3

God we thank you for the blessing you have given us, the ones who believe without seeing. May the doors of our church be open to all and that doubters be welcomed here and be inspired by faith. We praise you for the saints before us who have believed and those with us today whose lives are lived as witnesses to you.

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Prayers of the People—March 20

On this Palm Sunday, Jesus made his journey to the cross. Help us to comprehend the way taken by our Savior: the false charges against him, the fear and flight of the disciples, the kiss of betrayal, the crown of thorns, the purple robe—and in such understanding, give us courage to face those times in our own lives.

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Prayers of the People—March 13

Whether we spring forward or fall back, adjusting our clocks to mark time, racing to meet, and manage the sun, we humbly acknowledge our time is always in you. Before anything existed, you were. From your love, you brought time and space into being and all that dwells within.

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Prayers of the People—March 13

Do not let us out of your presence, O God. Keep us near. Open our hearts so we can hear you, again and again, calling out to us, even when we seek to push away from the mystery of mysteries that is at the heart of our knowledge of you. Give us new ways to enter into the hardest places this week. Give us chances to begin again. Help us to see that there is a way through, a break in the storm, a path towards hope.

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