The language, emphases and styles of worship have changed from what they were 20 or 30 years ago. This book offers prayers for different situations and purposes that might be encountered in the parishes of today and are designed to encourage and challenge, rather than replace the authentic voice of the person praying. Appropriate for both formal occasions and for personal, private prayer, this is a useful book to have in the church vestry, or as a companion for study or bedroom.
- Prayers for Parishes – should prove equally long lasting for it is comprehensive in its scope and flexible in its use. Review by thegoodbookstall.org Review by David Ford
Divided into five sections there are a wealth of prayer resources here covering The Church, The world and the community, Health and pastoral, Beginnings and Endings and Festivals, seasons and saints. There is also advice on prayer and prayer resources and a useful section on ‘arrow prayers’.
Stylistically this collection of prayers is closest in construction to ‘collect’ prayers rather than the traditional Eucharistic format of prayer and response. Yet – as the author states in his introduction – his purpose is to challenge the pray-er to reflect on these words and use them in part or in whole or be stimulated to find more appropriate words of their own. This is a resource to be explored and adapted.
Many hard-pressed ministers though will dip in and use these prayers off the shelf; and I intend to do precisely that at this evening’s PCC meeting! (Posted on 15/02/2012)