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Will You Pray with Me: A Guide for Those Who Pray in Public

Will You Pray with Me: A Guide for Those Who Pray in Public

by Steven Langhofer, Anne Williams

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Learn to capably lead others in prayer, in any setting, on any occasion.
Leading congregations and other groups in prayer is a significant challenge for many pastors and other ministry leaders. What to say, and how to say it? Most public pray-ers have received very little training, and have not had the chance to develop deep skills. Some folks attack the task with little or no preparation, simply winging it, and usually sensing they have not quite hit the mark. Others furiously try to prepare but become frustrated or overwhelmed. No wonder there’s such anxiety about this topic.
Will You Pray with Me is a short course, in book form, for all who lead others in prayer. The authors teach methods and techniques for writing and leading prayers in traditional church services, special services, for hospital visits, in impromptu situations, and in many other less conventional spaces and circumstances. They include multiple examples of different types of prayer, with analysis alongside the prayer texts to help the reader understand what the methods look like in ‘real life’.
The book begins with a set of basic principles, the essential skills and strategies for leading prayer. Subsequent chapters cover writing techniques, tips and habits for effective delivery of prayers aloud, and guidance for specific challenges, including prayer during times of social distancing and pandemic. Also included is a rich selection of prayers for readers to use in their own church services or other settings, or for personal devotion.
Will You Pray with Me is for pastors, chaplains, congregational care ministers, ministry leaders, and students in seminary or other ministry training courses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781791013448
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 643 KB

About the Author

Steve Langhofer has served as a pastor at the Church of the Resurrection since 2011, and has been a pastor in the UMC since 1975. He works closely with Resurrection’s Congregational Care Ministers, and coordinates the Pathways ministry for those who are exploring careers in ministry. Steve also mentors Resurrection’s pastoral interns.
Anne Williams has served as a pastor at the Church of the Resurrection since 2011. She leads a team of people at Resurrection’s Downtown campus in caring for others in the congregation and the downtown community.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Public Prayer Is Not the Same as Private Prayer ix

Part 1 Principles, Preparation, and Delivery

Chapter 1 Guiding Principles for Prayer-Writing 3

Chapter 2 Preparing the Pastoral Prayer 21

Chapter 3 Delivering the Prayer 29

Part 2 The Prayers

Chapter 4 How We Choose Our Words 43

Chapter 5 Pastoral Prayers 57

Pastoral Prayers for the Church Year 58

Advent/Christmas 58

Lent 72

Palm Sunday 79

Easter 81

Pentecost 83

World Communion 85

All Saints Day 86

Special Days 88

Mother's Day 88

Father's Day 91

Independence Day 93

Election Day 97

Veterans Day 98

Earth Day 100

Memorial Day 103

New Years 106

Prayers for Any Week 107

Notes 137

Scripture Index 139

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