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The Act of Prayer

Over 700 Lectionary-themed prayers


The Act of Prayer lectionary themed prayers by John Birch

Praying through the lectionary

The Act of Prayer has been written as a comprehensive volume of contemporary prayers based around themes arising from the Common Worship Lectionary, the three year cycle of Bible readings followed by many churches.

Each set of prayers comprises an opening petition plus prayers of adoration, confession and thanksgiving for each of the Sundays in the church calendar plus extra festival days.

Designed to resource and inspire people leading prayer in church services, this imaginative book is particularly suitable for any who are taking first steps into this ministry, as well as those looking for original prayer material to use in small group settings.

The Act of prayer

Paperback: 384 pages and sadly no longer in print, though publisher reserves the right to put it out again!
Can be found on Amazon through thirty-party sellers/book shops

Publisher: Bible Reading Fellowship; First edition (24 Oct 2014)

ISBN-10: 1841016195; ISBN-13: 978-1841016191


Your love does not fade,
even as we choose
a different path,
to put faith aside
and pick up instead
forbidden fruit.
Your love is constant
and accepting.
Your love is merciful
and forgiving.
Your love is grace-full
and inspiring.
Your love is
all we are not
and everything you are,
our loving God and King!

Bless to us, O Lord,
the earth on which we walk,
each mountain top,
sunlit sky.

Bless to us, O Lord,
the beauty that we see,
fragrant flower,

Bless to us, O Lord,
the peace within our heart
when filled with joy
or sorrow.

Bless to us, O Lord,
the journey that we make,
the footsteps that
we follow.

To you O Lord, we bring
our offering of praise,
to the One who hears
a people’s cry,
brings release
from captivity,
from desert places,
and from parched earth
brings forth Living Water,
abundant harvest
and new birth.
To you O Lord, we bring
our offering of praise.

Thank you for those
who by their example
have been a light
in our journey with you.
Those whose guidance
has inspired us,
whose enthusiasm
has infected us,
who live each day
as if it matters!
Bless such faithfulness
wherever it is shown,
where lives become
an offering,
your word becomes
and light is brought
into this dark world.



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