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Words for the Congregation


by David Sparks It was my turn to offer the pastoral prayer in our church on Sunday and I wondered how the prayer in Pastoral Prayers to Share Year C would work out in practice. The Monday before the service, I looked at the prayer for the third Sunday after Epiphany and found that it […]

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Why should I bother with pastoral prayers?


by David Sparks I was going through one of my “Why should I bother with pastoral prayers?” phases recently when a voice deep inside me reminded me that it wasn’t me that was the issue here. The prayers offered on Sunday morning are for all the people of the church. It is their concerns, their […]

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Silence in Public Prayer


by David Sparks When we came to the pastoral prayer slot in church the other Sunday I was surprised (and not at all unhappy) when I realized that the person offering the prayer was using one of the prayers from my Pastoral Prayers to Share Year B book. The pray-er offered the first, “Prayers for the […]

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Crafting Prayer at Christmas


by David Sparks Canadian Tire tells us that you can buy a Hisense 32” LCD TV for $249 and Zellers remind us that on Dec. 16th all Christmas decorations are 60% off. The ever present flyers are symbols of the great “holiday season” marketing campaign. The prayer crafter is challenged to push through the commercial Christmas […]

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Pastoral Prayers for Sunday


by David Sparks It’s one of those weeks when I am glad to have the opportunity to offer pastoral prayers on Sunday. Are there places in the world that need to be held up in prayer? No doubt about it! I have just been watching a news report from Thailand, where my son John is […]

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