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
—April 16

After the Romans executed your son for loving kindness, doing justice, and walking humbly on this earth, his rag tag group of followers, some who had denied him, and many who doubted him thought love had died. Death was more than a shadow; it locked their loved one in the darkest of tombs.

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Prayers of the People
—April 9

Holy God: we arrive at your parade, half paying attention to the significance of your journey into Jerusalem. Our minds are distracted by the emergence of spring, the birds finally returning to nest, the flowers blossoming, the lake warming, the Cubs stadium opening, the outdoor picnics to be had, the generous beauty of the earth ringing from east to west.

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Prayers of the People
—April 2

God who makes all things in love, we offer thanks to you for the blessings of family and neighbors. New friends and new members. We give you thanks for this church that has stood as a witness to your goodness for 125 years, that has nurtured the faith of so many and shared the gospel news. Bless these new members and all members that we grow as the body of Christ, willing to risk new ventures to thrive for another 125 years.

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Prayers of the People
—March 26

Holy God: within our great emptiness resides a great fullness. Within our barrenness resides abundant life. Within our fruitless work resides overflowing vitality. Within what is lacking and depleted resides all that is abounding with goodness and love. This is the paradox of your presence among us. That within the dark entangled wood, we might discover you. That within the shadow we might see your light. That within the unknown and unknowing places that otherwise foster fear, we discover a wild powerful presence within ourselves that is deeply connected to your even more wild presence.

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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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