Prayers of the People

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Prayers of the People2021-05-01T07:12:46-05:00

At Kenilworth Union Church the Pastoral Prayer’s title is *Prayers of the People and is authored and delivered by the liturgist every Sunday at divine worship. The prayer contains thanksgivings, supplications, and intersessions that are current spiritual needs of the church, the community, the nation, and globally. This popular prayer is posted weekly to pray sincerely in hopes to offer comfort to the people being prayed for as well as the person praying.

The Great Prayer July 2, 2023

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster You call us to freedom, O God. To the freedom of morning, where the rhythm of birdsong and sunrise let us pause to remember the sacred breath in our bodies and the holy heartbeat within. We give you thanks for the gift and freedom of awakening to this day. Let us be consumed by an active search for freedom, not the self serving freedom of “do [...]

Prayers of the People June 25, 2023

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Summon us to prayer O God. Give me the breath in my body as an ever-present reminder to give thanks. Let your presence dawn again in our midst. As our minds wander from this to that circumstance in our life, let us cover it all with praise, let us hold every person and situation as a treasure, beloved. Let your presence arise amid all of this, regardless. [...]

Prayers of the People June 18, 2023

Becky Knight, Guest Liturgist and Outreach Committee Eternal God—we thank you for the wonders of everyday—for moonlight across water, for sunrise and sunset—for the expansive blue of Lake Michigan, for summer flowers and green, growing things. God of laughter, love, music, love, and friendship—we thank you for these gifts of ordinary life. How grateful we are for this place of worship—for the quiet of the sanctuary—and the active sounds of this church [...]

Prayers of the People June 11, 2023

The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg Holy God, Breath of Life, send your Spirit upon us and awaken us, amaze us. Enliven our spirits and stir our prayers to new depths of trust and honesty and fervor. You who are the wind who makes all winds blow; blow out untruths, and insecurities, and uncertainties, and injustices—so that we might breathe in newness of life. Ours is a world of such clamor among [...]

Prayers of the People June 4, 2023

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster O Incarnate Word, Ancient of Days, Lord God of Mercy and Might. O Sovereign Source of All Things, O Rock, Cloud, Fortress and Fountain, let your word and wisdom echo off the walls of this sanctuary and into our sacred chapel of our hearts. Let your spirit of stillness and the storm of your justice sweep across our lives. As we fold our hands in prayer [...]

The Great Prayer May 28, 2023

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster You are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in these days overflowing with blossom and green. The earth reaches out to us in stillness as sunrise mingles with the expectations of the day, our bodies rise awake and open to the possibility of your spirit in our midst. Let us approach you in humility, offering ourselves to you, shedding the world’s lessons of selfish ambition [...]