Preparation for the Prayers of the People is an important task for our volunteers, clergy and staff. Prayers are matters of the heart. We receive requests in a variety of ways: by emails, phone calls, personal visits, and requests from staff. Click here for the online prayer request form of if you stop by the office there is a brief form for you to fill out, recording the name of the person to pray for, the name of the one making the request, and the dates. The names of the persons prayed for are then read for three successive Sundays. After that, their names are listed in the bulletin until we learn more about their status.
You have probably noticed that our printed list can grow quite long over time. Sometimes people request that a name be included, but over time we lose sight of how long a name has been in print. We wish to keep your concerns current, but often our volunteers don’t know when to remove a name. It will help those of us in the office, if you will let us know when it is right to remove names. The same form which is used for receiving names is also used for removing names. The secretary can take requests for removing names also by email, phone, or from your visit.
In addition to these standard practices, we will refresh the printed list every three months, removing printed requests unless we have heard from you, or unless your request is a recent one. The refreshed list will begin in the early part of February. After that, lists will be refreshed at the beginning of May, August, and November, and then in the following February, creating a cycle. A small change in the way we bid the prayers during the service is planned. Currently the lector reads the recent names and then adds and all on the prayer list enclosed in the service leaflet… Beginning in early February, the lector will read, and for those who remain in our concern. The names will continue to be listed, just referred to in a different way.
Our prayers during worship for God’s mercy, grace, providence, and protection are of the utmost importance. It is a special privilege to write about our common prayer. I am reminded of a favorite of mine in the Book of Common Prayer.
Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come,
knowing that you are doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please contact Kathy Garber, Parish Administrator
330-650-4359 or Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
for any of the following.
You can find prayers for every occasion in the Book of Common Prayer. Here are some from it online. http://www.bcponline.org/Misc/Prayers.htm
In the comment box below, please enter the person for whom your prayers are asked.