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
—August 13

By Karin Balsbaugh
We pray for the men and women who govern our city, state, and country. May they seek justice and compassion as they consider legislation. We thank those men and women who protect us whether police, firemen or soldiers. We pray for the larger world that so often seems troubled. Please help the people in Charlottesville find harmony. May all the leaders throughout our world be mindful of the people they serve.

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Prayers of the People
—August 6

By Elza Garnett
Yet, in the midst of our thanks, O Lord, we acknowledge our world is troubled… torn by war and suffering. Give the leaders of all nations the courage and compassion to champion peace, equality, freedom, and justice. Help those who have been marginalized by economic inequality to have hope and opportunity so that they can end the destructive cycle of poverty. There are no easy or quick fixes to any of our problems, Lord. Give us the perseverance and faith to be a part of your plan. Inspire us to live our lives giving generously of ourselves.

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Prayers of the People
—July 30

Dear God, gather us in, the lost and lonely, the faithful and the doubting, the fervent and the apathetic. Gather each of us into your arms and hold us for these moments while we give you thanks for the delights in our lives and confide those troubles that nag us.

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The Great Prayer
—July 23

You reveal your beauty in the lightness of birdsong and strength in the roar of the lion. You created the annoying mosquitos and the comforting kitties. If ever we wonder how vast or small your reign as God, we can look to the animals of creation and marvel at your imagination and curiosity. We are awed by all that you have created and the responsibilities we have as stewards of such life.

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Prayers of the People
—July 9

God, you are as high as the stars and as near as the air. We are humbled when we consider that from highest heaven you come close to companion us, incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth, inspirited as Holy Ghost. Sometimes you come to us as the wind that swells our sails. Sometimes you come to us as the fire that enflames our joys and our passions. Sometimes you come to us like the murmur of a dove’s song, to show a glimpse of the gentleness and beauty of heaven.

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Prayers of the People
—July 2

Gracious God, you have blessed us with freedom. On this weekend, celebrating the birth of our country, we give thanks for the men and women who risked everything; wealth, security, children, honor and their very lives. May their courage and vision inspire in us such commitments to our common good that we too will give what we have to make this country more just, a home for all to flourish, and a nation that respects and protects the lives of all who dwell.

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Prayers of the People
—June 25

We pray for the members of this church who heard your call to welcome a refugee family. Give them patience and persistence in the days and weeks. Grant the family traveling mercies and warm welcome into our city. Shower us with grace to open hearts and minds and communities that these beloved children of yours will flourish.

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