The Prayers of the People Project
The Prayers of the People Project, now in its fifth year, uses forms drawn from the Book of Common Prayer, other provinces of the Anglican Communion and Christian denominations, Internet resources, and our own life and ministry as a community of faith to supply a weekly context for our corporate Petitions, Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Memorials, and invites all the members of the congregation to add their own content, aloud or in silence.
In addition, “Open Form” is now our standard at every New Song Sunday 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, normally the third Sunday of the month. This format, which consists of the clergy leader suggesting various themes, encourages worshippers to respond with prayer foci that are of special interest or concern to them.
The text for the Prayers of the People for a given Sunday is usually prepared early in the preceding week. If there is a particular request that you would like included in this preparation process please email me or call me before Wednesday.
Intercessors continue to lead the Prayers of the People on other Sundays, and I invite you to assume this role of assisting fellow worshippers in adding their own concerns or celebrations to those of the whole gathered community.
No special training is needed for this leadership role. A flexible schedule distributes responsibility throughout the year, and the Prayers of the People for any given Sunday are sent out to the Intercessor well in advance of that date. Due to the change in the format and content of the Sunday Bulletin, the full text of the Prayers of the People is no longer printed, other than any refrain by the members of the congregation. However, copies are available by request from those who may wish to use them for their personal prayers. Please contact me if you would like to receive copies on a regular basis.
Everyone wishing to become an Intercessor is asked to contact me.
The Intercessors’ Schedule through the end of May, 2016, is:
April 3: Chuck Gasior
April 10: Gretchen Perry
April 17: Open Form
April 24: Barbara Spillane
May 1: Gerry Stanney
May 8: Karen Megathlin
May 15: Parish-wide Event. Members of the Vestry.
May 22: Janet Thornton
May 29: Mark and Susan Thomas
Comments and suggestions made by members of the congregation regarding this project are very valuable and I encourage anyone wishing to share their thoughts to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 508-432-3483.
The Rev. Russell H. Allen,