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
—October 15

For your blessing on the lives of the newest, youngest members of our church–Wyatt Lawrence, 9 days old; and for Eleanor, Thomas, and Madison, baptized this morning. Grant them long life, loud laughter, and lavish love, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

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Prayers Of The People
—October 8

Today, we turn to your table. We seek the unity to which you call us. We remember our Christian brothers and sisters around the globe who also sing to the glory of your name. We got out of bed this morning with our hearts turned toward Jesus, and in the same way, friends all over the world are doing just that—waking and walking, traveling toward this same table—your table—the table that you set before us time and again cross every nation on earth. Unite us here, O God. Help us to remember that it is not just here in our sacred place that you meet us, but that your presence bounds across every corner of the globe.

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The Great Prayer
—October 1

Today, we turn to your table. We seek the unity to which you call us. We remember our Christian brothers and sisters around the globe who also sing to the glory of your name. We got out of bed this morning with our hearts turned toward Jesus, and in the same way, friends all over the world are doing just that—waking and walking, traveling toward this same table—your table—the table that you set before us time and again cross every nation on earth. Unite us here, O God. Help us to remember that it is not just here in our sacred place that you meet us, but that your presence bounds across every corner of the globe.

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Prayers of the People
—September 24

We pray with gratitude for the blessings received in this life. You alone are the breath in our lungs, able to bring soft rains to the fields, flowers to stems and produce to our tables. You enliven our minds, are able to guide our hands and are present in our board meetings, sales calls, classrooms, examining rooms, stores, and all the places where we work. Apart from you we are and have nothing. We are grateful for the ways you have showered us with comfort, shelter, and food.

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Prayers of the People
—September 17

We pray for the promise ahead of us for Kenilworth Union Church. Bless those who have dedicated themselves to teaching our children stories of old, the stories of your truth. Bless the musicians who reach into our souls with voice and instrument in ways words cannot seem to stir. Bless those who usher and greet and plan and prepare and clean and organize and all the detailed ways your people come to life as the body of Christ on this corner of your world.

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The Great Prayer
—September 10

As we come to the table today, to meet you, to thank you, to taste and see your goodness, we think of all the meals shared across this country and world… meals like this, of simple bread and cup, of holy meals and of ordinary meals, dinners shared in hotels or hurricane shelters, supper shared with strangers or friends, lunch shared amid water or wind or ruined houses, bread broken and passed around even with fear looming too near and hope on a distant horizon.

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Prayers of the People
—September 3

By Roger Winship
We praise you Lord with grateful hearts and pray that we can be worthy of your love. Help us to know what is most important in life and what our purpose is for being. Open our hearts and minds to your word, turning us to scripture so we can find our way. Are we not put on this earth to simply love one another, sharing God’s generous love given to us through his living sacrifice? You love us so much Father of mercy, show us how to love one another. While no one has ever seen God, help us to know that if we love one another the Lord of hosts lives in us, and his love will be perfected through us.

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