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 Pastoral Prayers

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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Eucharistic Prayer
—January 15

He still gathers his friends at the table to be strengthened for the journey—not to fill our minds with the right answers, but to fill our bodies with the same love he carried in his body, that we might love with our whole strength, our whole being, our whole mind, our whole heart.

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Prayers of the People
—January 8

Faith lives amidst questions of “when” and “why” and “how”. These are the questions that remain as we look on our world with so much violence and poverty. In this season of Epiphany, shine your light into the dark recess of our lives that we no longer hide from you and will honestly face the broken places. May your light continue to shine so that we trust your path forward.

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Prayer for the Day
—January 1

Why lies he in such mean estate Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian, fear; for sinners here The silent word is pleading. This this is Christ the King Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.

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