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—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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Prayers of the People—May 15

Holy God, even in these more-chilly hours of spring, this new day echoes a grandeur beyond imagining: much to our surprise, the birds sang with the sunrise, the trees blossom with that rich plum and lavender hue, and the morning sunlight finally breaks through the clouds.
Your earth echoes hope, and it lifts our spirit.

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Prayers of the People—May 8

We remember, O God, Ruth the Moabite, who went childless into a foreign country, only to become grafted into a new family. We pray for all those women who seek refuge in a new land, especially for Syrian mothers who are fearfully sending their children across continents for safety, and for Syrian women who will face the vulnerability of giving birth in an unknown place far from home.

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Prayers of the People—May 1

We bless you that we are awake and aware, and free to praise you. We are bound up in the family of Christ, here in this place, and with every Christian in every land, worshiping in their mother tongue, as we do ours. With gladness, we are part of your pattern and purpose.

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