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

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. […]

The Light of Christ Shines Bright

Easter 2014

Prayers of the people from today’s Easter worship at Fourth Presbyterian Church. God of majesty, God of grace, God of love, God of peace, God of wonder, God of mystery, God of hope, God of joy: In the darkness of night at the Easter Vigil, at the breaking of dawn early this morning on the […]

Prayers of the People (10.13.2013)


Prayers of the People from today’s worship service at Fourth Church. The sermon text was Jeremiah 7:1-15. “Do not trust in these deceptive words.” (Jeremiah 7:4) God of our ancestors, God of the prophets: How easily indeed are we deceived into thinking that by simply coming to this place, to this sanctuary set apart, to […]