Meeting Prayers

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Meeting Prayers is a practical compilation of prayers which set a spiritual atmosphere for the beginning and end of meetings.

Meeting Prayers incorporates the needs of the faith community with the spiritual needs of participants at meetings. These prayers flow from a wide selection of scriptural and literary sources. Celebrating the unity and diversity of the members in the community, each prayer appeals to the often puzzling experience of ...

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Overview

Meeting Prayers is a practical compilation of prayers which set a spiritual atmosphere for the beginning and end of meetings.

Meeting Prayers incorporates the needs of the faith community with the spiritual needs of participants at meetings. These prayers flow from a wide selection of scriptural and literary sources. Celebrating the unity and diversity of the members in the community, each prayer appeals to the often puzzling experience of individual needs conflicting with the needs of the community.

Moving with each month of the year, Meeting Prayers lends support to the spiritual life of each participant who attends faith-building meetings. Each prayer includes a short introduction and background that follows the spirit of the liturgical year. The prayers bind the participant to the mystery and poetry that each season brings.

A practical resource, Meeting Prayers can be used for all meetings of a church organization, special gatherings of the faith community, and for personal reflection. The collection is thematically arranged and indexed for use in a variety of gatherings. Chapters are Prayers for Each Month of the Year," *Prayers for the End of Meetings, - and *Prayers in Anticipation of a Critical Meeting. -

Philip A. Verhalen, PhD, teaches Christian Life Cycles at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of Prayers for the Classroom, published by Liturgical Press.

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. . . one of the most practical and helpful guideposts for the living of each day that I have ever read. It deserves to be read beyond meetings for everyday life. In the rush, hurry and tension of life today, it is important to develop the habit of taking time - of making time - to be quiet, to listen, to be still and grow. This book helps us to this end.
Dale E. Turner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814627723
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Philip A. Verhalen, PhD, teaches Christian Life Cycles at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of Prayers for the Classroom, published by Liturgical Press.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prayers for Each Month of the Year
Prayers for the End of Meetings
Prayers in Anticipation of a Critical Meeting
Index
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Introduction

Coming together for a meeting is a community-building work in itself. In general many values unite the group, but a particular agenda can point out clearly how many divisions exist within the same group. A prayer at the beginning of a meeting, and when suitable at the end of a meeting, clarifies how united we are in our most important spiritual values. Prayer draws us out of our individual agendas to reflect on the larger, more encompassing agenda that works for the honor of God and the building up of God's kingdom. I hope these prayers will encourage all members of the organization using them to reflect upon the disarming graciousness of our God.When I lead the prayer at our faculty sessions, I always begin by having classical music playing softly in the background. Many CDs are available that contain splendid adagios and parts of the second movements of memorable symphonies and concertos by the great masters. If the meeting is particularly critical, I rely on this atmosphere to help us move to an awareness of the presence of God. Strangely enough, as the meeting begins I become aware of the promise of Jesus: "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" (Matt 18:20).END
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