Leading Intercessions: Creative Ideas for Public and Private Prayer

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Liturgical Press, Aug 1, 2005 - Religion - 158 pages
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Leading Intercessionsis a resource for individuals and groups involved in the important task of leading prayers in public worship. This user-friendly handbook covers a rich and broad spectrum 'from traditional services, to worship with children and young people, to group prayer, to personal devotions. Each section begins with practical principles and is filled with easy-to-use ideas for ways to improve presentation and creative suggestions for enlivening the prayers. Sample prayers are included, as well as material for seasons, major festivals, and special events.

Leading Intercessionsis a how-to book on preparing intercessions for many communal situations 'how to write them, and then how to present them in church. With a variety of activities for getting children and adults to pray, it includes material for preparing intercessions for the full year. This handbook will stimulate the reader into his or her own explorations of intercession.

Leading Intercessionsis divided into five sections with sample prayers in each section. Sections are Intercessions in Mainstream Worship, Intercessions at Festivals and Special Occasions, Intercessions in Informal Worship and Small Groups, Intercessions with Children and Young People, and Personal Intercessions.

Right Reverend John Pritchard is the Anglican bishop of Jarrow. He was archdeacon of Canterbury and, before that, warden of Cranmer Hal, Durham. He has served in parishes in Birmingham and Taunton and has been diocesan youth officer for the Bath and Wells Dioceses.

 

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Contents

INTERCESSIONS IN MAINSTREAM WORSHIP
1
1 Let us pray 1
3
4 An ordinary Sunday I I
11
5 A summer Sunday
13
6 A winter Sunday
15
7 Seasons of the spirit
17
8 Family
20
9 Keep the peace
22
40 All Saints at any time
90
INTERCESSIONS IN INFORMAL WORSHIP AND SMALL GROUPS
93
41 Palms up palms down
95
42 Prayer tree
97
43 Prayer basket
99
44 Sand and water
101
45 Bitter and sweet
103
46 To the cross
105

10 Music
24
11 Taste
26
12 Water of life
28
13 Colours of the rainbow
30
14 Circles of prayer 12
32
15 Daytoday world
34
16 Particular people
36
17 The global Church
38
18 O God why?
40
19 The stream
42
20 Freedom
44
21 A world of difference
46
22 We light a candle
48
23 Somewhere nearby
50
24 The prayer Jesus taught us
52
25 Renew the face of the earth
55
26 Doors
57
27 Space
59
28 If anyone is in Christ
61
INTERCESSIONS AT FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
63
29 Advent
65
30 Christmas
67
31 New Year
69
32 A holy Lent
71
33 Mothering SundayBaptism
73
34 Holy Week
76
35 Easter at Emmaus
79
36 Ascension
81
37 Pentecost
83
38 Harvest
85
39 Remembrance Sunday
88
47 Sparklers
107
48 Praying the weeks news
109
49 Purple ribbon
111
50 Incense
113
INTERCESSIONS WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
115
51 Rituals
117
52 Hazelnuts
119
53 Maps and globes
121
54 Pebbles in water
123
55 Playing cards
125
56 The compass and the magnet
127
57 Stones have sharp edges
129
58 Prayer bubbles
131
59 Music and DVDvideo
133
60 Prayer zone
135
And also 61 Jigsaws
138
64 Godly play
139
INTERCESSIONS IN PERSONAL PRAYER
140
St Patricks Breastplate
142
67 Starting with the Bible
143
68 Files of prayers
145
69 Mindmapping
147
70 The Lords Prayer
149
71 Hotspots
151
72 A handful of prayers
152
73 Lighting a candle
153
74 Letters phone calls emails
154
75 Praying for those you forget
155
Further resources
156
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