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 – October 12, 2014

On this Chicago marathon weekend, where sisters and brothers gather round to cheer on their favorite family runner, remind us to give thanks for the work of our own body. Call us to care for ourselves, O God, to care for our body, mind and spirit, as part of loving you, O God. Call us to extend such care to our families, and remind us that we are precious in your sight, O God. We thank you for those parts of ourselves that are healthy, and we pray for your healing presence in those places that are in pain.


Pastoral Prayer – September 28, 2014

Holy God, we give you thanks for this day. As we breathe in the autumn air and see the leaves begin to change from deep summer greens to bright fall oranges and reds, we cannot help but wrap ourselves up in gratitude for this, your gift of creation. Allow such beauty to give us hope, to inspire us, to show us new ways of living attuned to your goodness.


Prayers of the People – September 21, 2014

…We pray particularly for those set aside to lead Jesus’ church that they may be always led by him, humble followers, caring, healing, teaching and serving and lift up others as Christ did, new Trustees, board members within this church. We also pray for church leaders everywhere and the cardinal elect, Blasé Cupich, that this city will grow in faithfulness.


Pastoral Prayer – September 14, 2014

…Just as the ancestors of our faith, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam, Ruth and Naomi, sought you in troubled times, we too look to you as we live in the troubles of our times. In public, football heroes fail us and public servants fall short, heads of state vie for power and land and insurgents do the unthinkable.


Pastoral Prayer – September 7, 2014

….for this church, and our witness to the world as the body of Christ. We give you thanks for those who came before us for their vision, and commitment to welcome all who seek to know you through Christ. We ask you to bless this congregation with courage to proclaim the good news, inspire future generations, and boldly step into a future, becoming all of what you ordain.


Pastoral Prayer – August 31, 2014

We pray you will bless all who labor, from senior executives to janitors, surgeons and nurses to security guards, teachers and coaches, writers and cooks, truck drivers and electricians, those who change diapers and love our children. All who labor are members of the body of Christ, working to sustain families and contribute to your kingdom. Let our labor be done with honor. We pray all will be treated with integrity and fairness.