8.Prayers of the People

Presenter: The Rev’d Jane Clattenburg


Rev Clattenburg introduces her video with a quotation from Marcus Borg: “A Christian Life is about a relationship with God that involves us in a journey of transformation.”

Rev Clattenberg begins her preparation of the Prayers of the People by saying a little prayer asking for guidance. She quotes Matthew 6:7-8 (NRVS) “When you are praying, do not heap up empty prayers as the others do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”


We expect Reverence.

We expect Goodness.

We expect a certain amount of Professionalism.

In preparing our prayers we do have the litanies that have been included in our prayer books. We can add phrases or sentences or make special prayers at that time. There are additional prayers in both our BAS and BCP. Prayers at the end of the psalms are also very helpful as a resource.

We are asked to include such things as:

Prayers for the church.

Prayers for those in authority.

Prayers for those in need.

Prayers for those who have departed.

Prayers for the world and our community.

Take into account such as the following:

The season of the year.

The Sunday of the church year.

World events.

How long should they be? Eight to ten different phrases is long enough.

Preparing our environment:

Be seen. (Make sure people can see your upper torseau.

Be heard. (Check your microphone.)

Be understood. (Diction is really important.)

We need to remember that we are praying to our Lord on behalf of our entire congregation.