These are prayers I’ve written on behalf of my local congregation. Each Sunday, we fill out prayer cards which are available in each pew. During the morning anthem, ushers collect these prayer cards and after the sermon, one person (often its me) leads the congregation in prayers and reads aloud the cards. Thus you’ll find that these prayers are written to accommodate this structure.
As with any congregational prayer, these prayers are written mindful of the fact that they are on behalf of a diverse group of people, expressing diverse theologies and needs. I have avoided self-reference in the prayers as they are, in that sense, neither private nor personal.
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