Why do we pray for each other at St. Paul’s?
In the teachings of the church we are reminded that the church pursues its mission “as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love.” Prayer is an essential part of being the church, and deepens our connections to the call to love others, love ourselves, and love God. While it is the regular practice that we pray for ourselves and one another when gathering for worship, we wish to be more expansive in offering to God our very lives, and our life together, across this family.
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If you are interested in a call or visit from St. Paul’s, please call the church office at 816-931-2850.
When you or someone you know are in need of prayers, visits, or other forms of pastoral care from the St. Paul’s staff and family, it is essential that you let the office know. Please do not assume that someone else has done so. The Rector will respond immediately, and inquire as to what response(s) are most appropriate from the Pastoral Care Ministry Team.
Please note: We will keep your prayer request on the list(s) indicated for six weeks. After that time, you will be notified that the request rolled-off. If you wish to renew the prayer request at that time, you will be given the option to do so.
The Pastoral Care Ministry Team: This Ministry Team oversees the provision of prayers and other acts of care for the St. Paul’s church family. If you are interested in joining in this ministry, please contact Heidi Carter, St. Paul’s Lay Ministry Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 816-931-2850.
Prayers for Your Use
For Trust in God
O God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Recovery from Sickness
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant N. the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Before an Operation
Almighty God our heavenly Father, graciously comfort your servant N. in their suffering, and bless the means made use of for their cure. Fill their heart with confidence that, though at times they may be afraid, they yet may put their trust in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a Sick Child
Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child N., and grant that they may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Strength and Confidence
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servant N., and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that they may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Victims of Addiction
O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.
Thanksgiving for a Beginning of Recovery
O Lord, your compassions never fail and your mercies are new every morning: We give you thanks for giving our friend N. both relief from pain and hope of health renewed. Continue in them, we pray, the good work you have begun; that they, daily increasing in bodily strength, and rejoicing in your goodness, may so order their life and conduct that they may always think and do those things that please you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Special Prayers for Caregivers
Compassionate God, support and strengthen all those who reach out in love, concern, and prayer for the sick and distressed. In their acts of compassion, may they know that they are your instruments. In their concerns and fears may they know your peace. In their prayer may they know your steadfast love. May they not grow weary or faint-hearted, for your mercy’ sake. Amen.
For Companions to Those Who Are Chronically Ill
O God, surround N. with your compassion as they live[s] with N. in sickness. Help N. accept the limits of what they can do, that feelings of helplessness and frustration [and anger] may be transformed into serene acceptance and joyful hope in you. Let them remember the grief and love of Jesus over the afflictions of his friends, knowing that God too weeps. Bring them gladness and strengthened love in their service; through Christ our companion. Amen.