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Prayers to share, year A : responsive prayers for each Sunday of the church year

by David Sparks

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A Handy Liturgical Resource   (2019-10-20)


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by ams200

These are truly wholesome and appropriate "responsive" prayers that engage the pray-ers. This liturgical aid does not aim to persuade, convince, or instruct but rather presupposes a degree of faith commitment on the part of the congregation. These prayers help to name and give voice to the congregation's pre-existing convictions arising out of the Christian experience. The prayers, composed with an eye to the contemporary religious climate, are truly "about us" and our beliefs as a worshipping body of Christ's faithful. Sparks has included a thematic index along with the Hebrew and New Testament indexes. This makes for easy reference to the Church's year and its biblically-centred liturgical life. His "Confession Prayers" remind me of the options for an "examination of conscience" that appear in the various penitential services in my own R.C. tradition. Sparks writes concerning his Confession Prayers: "I have tended not to use the traditional 'miserable offender' approach but to offer affirmations, reminders, encouragement, and questions instead." To my mind, this is handy liturgical resource that will bear fruit in a parish, congregation, and civil institution where worship services are conducted. [Savage, A: academia.edu]

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