Sunday, November 06, 2005

More on Put-and-Take Prayers

Last week I told you about our Worship Committee's new endeavor called Put-and-Take Prayers. Each week we have an opportunity to fill out a slip asking for prayer on our own or others' behalf; we place these into a basket, and then pull out someone else's request for intercession. We include that petition in our own daily prayers for the next week. And then we do it all over again. We want this to become a regular part of the prayer life of our people.

Today was our start-up Sunday. And you know how start-ups are -- as a former boss of mine observed, they're heck. With All Saints Sunday and New Member Sunday jammed into one worship service, the church packed and the front of the sanctuary filled with candles and kids and bushel baskets of donations for the local food bank, I was reminded of that scene in Ferris Buehler's Day Off where the band marches right into the wall at the end of the cul-de-sac. Even during the announcements, before the service, I could see that folks in the pews were having a hard time tracking what this was all about. But on the way out of the sanctuary I found that some worshippers had indeed filled out slips and placed them into the basket. I put mine in; I took another out.

Some of you had asked if we included a sample prayer on our slips, to help people get into the swing of intercessory prayer if they're not there already. Yes, we did. Here's what our sample prayer says:

Dear God, thank you for this day. Thank you for all your great and gracious gifts, especially the gift of forgiveness we have through your son, Jesus Christ. I lift up to you in prayer (name/request/concern). Bless him/her with what s/he needs this very day, for you know his/her needs even better than I. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

I'm so happy we're doing this. This is the priesthood of all believers at its most basic, boots-on-the-ground level. And I think as the weeks progress it's going to become more important and meaningful in the life of our parish.


Cathy said...

Ok, I have to ask the question:

Were any slips of paper left over or were there double dippers ? :)

I think the idea is awesome.


LutheranChik said...

I think they were all gone.;-)

It is a great idea. Our Worship Committee has been hitting on all sixes lately.

Verdugo said...

What a great practice!

(but wasn't it Animal House, not Ferris Buehler, that had the marching band march into a cul-de-sac and get stuck? Remember-- in the parade with the Delta Revenge float? .... not that I ever watched Animal House, of course. : P )

LutheranChik said...

Verdugo: Are you sure? I'm thinkin', the parade with Matthew Broderick on the float (wasn't he singing "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"?) ...the band took a wrong turn and hit the wall. You mean I have to watch both movies again?;-)