Worship at Kenilworth Union Church : Prayers of the People

The Prayers of the People is a prayer offered by a minister in the course of a service of worship for and on behalf of the congregation. Traditionally, the prayer has occupied a prominent place in the period of prayers in the Sunday worship service. Here at Kenilworth Union Church, it is usually prayed by the liturgist after the first scripture reading. The Prayers of the People is the means to an end: to the worshiper’s coming into the actual presence of God.

Recent Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People
—March 5

Dear Lord, grant us the grace to recognize, to reach out and just be with the people who need us. To listen without judgement, to forgive, to comfort, and to love. And when we are besieged by our own anxieties, please give us the strength to turn to another trusted friend, family member, church member or clergyperson and ask for help. That is what brave looks like.

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Prayers of the People
—February 26

You seem wrapped in dizzying mountain heights, blinding light and obstructing clouds. When we encounter you, it is so frightening. And yet, each time you tell us, “do not be afraid” and then you teach us how you love. Whenever you speak to us, you assure us we have nothing to fear. Help us to open our hearts to you, to trust Jesus’ word and to delight in the life you have given us.

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Prayers of the People
—February 12

When the burdens we carry are heavy on our shoulders and weigh us down, when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening, when our lives have no music in them and our hearts are lonely—flood the path with light, O God; turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music and give us courage as we remember the saints of every age who, too, wore burdens like ours.

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Prayers of the People
—January 29

In these days of poignant change, we pray for those whose lives are turned upside down. Be with the refugees of the world, those seeking a safety in the midst of violence, seeking new life in the midst of terror and death. Give us a spirit of justice, a way to welcome the stranger in our midst. Be especially with those in Syria and those escaping Syria, for the refugee families our congregation supports here in our city, and the families in our congregation tending to them with love and care. We pray for a peace that is beyond our understanding… beyond our limited vision, hopes and dreams.

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Prayers of the People
—January 22

We pray, today, too, for the lives of those we love. For students in their pursuit of knowledge, for athletes in their quest for strength and skill, for colleagues in their hunger for innovation, for leaders in their foresight and vision, for friends in their joy and laughter, for family in their ever deepening love. Let your presence, O God, be and abide in those we love.

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