Prayers for worship

Unfolding – David Long-Higgins, USA

O Love, Unfold me anew; For my spirit easily tightens Around yesterday’s too much Sadness and loss and worry. Stretch me open With an energy not my own But given as the gift of Life Revealing beauty within Already formed by You Before I even knew to notice. Yes, Love, ground me In Your forming […]

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Prayer for illumination– Valerie Noble, UK

This prayer might be used preceding or following a scripture reading, or as a segway into the sermon. Dear Forgiving One, It is so easy to listen to your words and yet sometimes so hard to truly hear them. Teach us to truly listen to your teaching not only with our ears but with our […]

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Opening Prayers

What words connect us with the spirit as we gather? What words unite us with the holy? Explore these Opening Prayers posted on Worship Words:  

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Psalms – Old & New

Songs of praise Hymns of lament Words from the very depths of our being Newest posts . . . (images link to posts) Psalms — old and new:  an alphabetical listing of all resources

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Prayers of Intercession

Praying for others… Praying for our world… What words do we use to express the pain of our world? How do we meaningfully express our concerns, fears and anger? How do we verbalize the pain and suffering of creation — the people, the creatures, the land?  How do we respond to both natural disasters and […]

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Prayers of Confession

Words seeking the deepest places Words for rigorous honesty Words to cleanse the spirit, mind and soul Newest posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Words of Confession’ resources . . .   Featured image:  Holocaust Memorial, San Francisco, California USA

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Pastoral Prayers

What words reach out to a gathered congregation? Do they bring comfort? Challenge? A call for renewal and re-commitment? Are we free or stuck in a formula? What words enable God to speak through us? Newest related posts . . . (images link to posts) Alphabetical archive of all ‘Pastoral Prayers’ resources . . .  

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Vestry Prayers

Time for worship has arrived. Worship leaders gather for prayer. What words will inspire us? guide us? ground us? What words will remind us of the need for both humility and authority? What words will connect us to our common purpose, faith and God? This quiet time for gathering and invoking the presence of the […]

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