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PRAYER SERVICES

What is a Prayer Service?


A PRAYER SERVICE?

A prayer service is an opportunity to spend time in prayer and celebration allowing each group to make their gathering even more appropriate and meaningful.  


The key elements of a prayer service are the type of gathering, the theme of the gathering or meeting, topics to be discussed or on the agenda and time of year. Remember! Be sure the prayer service you choose is relevant to your prayer service, meeting or gathering.

Those who lead prayer services always need to prepare the service even if the services are easy to follow. Preparation is the key to a successful prayer service. Familiarity with each part of the service is essential. The choice of music, leaders, readers and the environment of the gathering have to be set before the service begins thereby enabling those in attendance to be touched by the experience. The key to a successful prayer service is simplicity without interruptions in the flow of the program. ALWAYS have a period of silence prior to a prayer service thereby allowing the attendee's an opportunity to prepare for God's presence and prayer.

The prayer services that include scripture readings should have readers thoroughly prepared for their parts in advance. Readings should be  read thereby allowing people to listen to the readings as it is spoken.

The type of music, if any, should be decided on in advance as to the type of songs that would best fit the theme of the prayer service. Music can always be used, if desired, if meditations and reflections are included.

A key element of a successful prayer service is the environment of the gathering. Set the prayer mood. Use all available methods to set the environment for the gathering, from dimming of the lights to lighting of candles to background music or any combination, as people gather for the prayer service.

Always, always use your creativity to prepare for and conduct a prayer service. The key here is to prepare for and conduct the prayer service as YOU see fit. The prayer service is YOURS! If you like music, use it; if you want to sing a prayer or psalm, sing it; if  you want to use any type of audiovisual equipment, slides, filmstrips, movies; use them; slides, filmstrips and movies can enhance prayer...illustrate a reading. Don't forget the use of lights, water, oil and ANY other symbol available to enhance your gathering and prayer.

Spontaneous prayer can be in the form of general intercessions or invocations, whereby a response similar to "Lord, hear our prayer" is expected. Silence is a simple method of allowing the gathering to offer their own prayer in silence. Remember: Not everyone feels comfortable in public expression of prayers and this fact should always be respected.

Numerous ways can be used to introduce Meditation and Reflection. Silence, music, readings...it all depends on how you want the Meditation or Reflection in the prayer service.

A final thought: the prayer service is an individual expression...take the time to thoroughly "think" about what YOU want to achieve in the prayer service.

The following examples will provide some insight into how to setup and conduct a prayer service.

Example 1 | Example 2 | Example 3 | Example 4 | Example 5 | Example 6


Example 1:

V. Let us pray. Father, we gather again as your community of believers from the summer months, ready to start another year. Renewed by the slower pace of the summer months, let a new enthusiasm enfold us in this new year. Let not our daily routine cause us to slow in the days and months ahead. May your word be our standard bearer as we move forward. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

Reflection (silence)

R. We pray God will make us worthy and fulfill his call by honest intention and work of faith so that we my honor the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

V. Lord, hear our hopes and dreams for the year to come.

Spontaneous Prayer

V. Let us pray.

R. Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

V. May Almighty God grant us hope and love forever.

R. Amen.

V. May Almighty God give us strength and bring us peace.

R. Amen. (examples)


Example 2:

Meditation

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And also with you.

V. Let us pray. Father, we pray that your Church may be united and your people be one in your Spirit. Let us put behind division and learn to work for the good of all people. We ask this in the name of Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

A reading from John 17:20-26

Reflection (silence)

A reading from Ephesians 4:1-4

Meditation (silence)

V. Let us pray to the Lord our God.

Spontaneous Prayer

V. Let us offer the Our Father.

R. Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.  (examples)


Example 3:

Example 3:

Spontaneous Prayer

V. Let us pray the words of Almighty God.

R. Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.  

A reading from Philippians 4:4-9  (examples)


Example 4:

V. Lord we gather today to celebrate the work we have completed. We rejoice and express our gratitude for the good that we have accomplished in your name. With your wisdom and guidance we have overcome the obstacles and defeated our frustration. We have found joy in your work and dear Father, we offer our thanks.

A reading from 1 John 1:1-5

Psalm 149

V. Sing Yahweh a new song. Let the congregation of the faithful sing his praise! Let Israel rejoice in his maker, Zion's children exult in their King: let them dance in praise of his name, playing to him on strings and drums! For Yahweh has been kind to his people, conferring victory on us who are weak; the faithful exult in triumph. Thus gloriously are the faithful rewarded! Alleluia.

A reading from 1 John 2:24-27

Reflection (silence)

V. Let us pray to our Father in thanksgiving and praise.

Spontaneous Prayer

V. Let us pray the words Jesus taught us to say.

R. Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. 

V. The peace of the Lord be with you forever.

R. And also with you.

V. Let us continue our work with great enthusiasm as we strive to build our kingdom.

R. Amen.  (examples)


Example 5:

V. Lord, it is hard to let go of people, to say good-bye, who have been special to us. A new direction with new risks, to begin our lives once more. How painful it is when we realize that what was will now be sweet memories of what our lives were once.

A reading from Luke 10:3-9, 16.

Reflection (silence)

R. Yet our new beginnings will bring new growth, new awareness and new people with whom we can share love and life. O Lord, be bless our new life with your presence.

Psalm 23

Reflection (silence)

V. Let us pray.

Spontaneous Prayer

V. May the peace of the Lord be forever with us.

R. May his love be present in our lives forever.

V. Please turn to your brother and sister and share a sign of peace and love.

V. Let us pray together.

R. Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. (examples)


Example 6:

V. Father, as we close our gathering we are thankful for your presence among us. In gratitude, may we go forth and make your way known to all we meet. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A reading from Matthew 28:18-30

Psalm 34

L. I will bless Yahweh at all times, his praise shall be on my lips continually; my soul glories in Yahweh, let the humble hear and rejoice.

R. Proclaim with me the greatness of Yahweh, together let us extol his name. I seek Yahweh, and he answers me and frees m from all my fears.

L. Every face turned to him grows brighter and is never ashamed. A cry goes up from the poor man, and Yahweh hears, and helps him in all his troubles.

R. How good Yahweh is, only taste and see! Happy the man who takes shelter in him. Fear Yahweh, you his holy ones: those who fear him want for nothing.

V. Let us pray.

Spontaneous Prayer

V. Almighty God, hear our prayers and remain with us as we go forth among your people.

R. The Lord bless and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.

V. Let us go in peace and serve the Lord our God.

R. Thanks be to God.  (examples)

 

 
 

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