Prayers of the People — United Church of Christ, USA

Prayer items are listed before the prayer starts, bringing the news of God’s gathered people into the light. 

This allows time for the experience of surprise and concern to arise in the hearts and minds of all, and a time of resettling as the congregation continues with the prayers. 

This family news is shared in three categories:

  • We celebrate…
  • These people are in hospital…
  • We are concerned about….

Thank you to First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Bellingham, Washington USA, for sharing this pastoral approach to communal prayer.