These are various prayers offered during public worship services, mostly as "prayers of the people."

An Examen Prayer for a New Year

Ignatius as Superior General

Back in the fall I enjoyed incorporating an examen prayer meditation into several worship services and youth gatherings. The meditation I used was adapted from Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, and Matthew Linn. As I prepared the prayers of the people for morning worship at Fourth […]

Prayers of the People (7.27.2014)

Fourth Church 7.27.2014

Gracious God, in this moment our hearts and minds are full— filled with the inspiration and hope we come here to feel; filled with happiness and joy from the many blessings of our lives; filled with anxieties and fears from the challenges we face; filled with sadness and grief from our failures and losses. Even […]

Prayers of the People (7.6.2014)

Photo by Horia Varlan

Gracious God of love, we are grateful that you have revealed yourself to us, each of us loved by you as children, each of us precious in your sight, each of us a reflection of you, each of us bound together by love, which is in fact your presence among us. We come to you, […]

Come, Holy Spirit! (A Pentecost Prayer)


Come, Holy Spirit! Come, Holy Spirit, and fill us with your love. Open our eyes to see the presence of God all around us, in the stillness of this sacred space, in the busyness and noise of our city streets, in the joys and celebrations of our lives, in the tragedies and struggles that break […]

A Centennial Prayer for Fourth Church


Sunday was a big day at the congregation I serve, Fourth Presbyterian Church. It was the first Sunday in the pulpit for our new pastor, Shannon Johnson Kershner. I am not alone in being super excited about Shannon’s arrival and what it will mean for Fourth Church moving forward. The energy on Sunday was palpable. […]