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Part of a pastor's role in the community is to pray publicly. The pastor is often the official "pray-er" at all
kinds of community events--the high school football game, the opening of the new grocery store, the county school board
meeting, kindergarten graduation--to name a few. But the pastor must also pray knowing that there are believers (of many
persuasions) and non-believers present. In addition to the prayers in this book, there are brief setting descriptions and
Scripture references. These prayers can be used with little or no adaptation.
Sample prayers: Graduation: "O God, Author of all wisdom, Giver of all truth, Seeker of all servants, we thank You for
the times of life that mark Your continuing goodness. We are grateful for these believers, young in their faith and early in
their journey, who have been open to study and learning and who now gain graduation toward tomorrows which will take them in
many direction, but never from Your presence."
Suicide: "O God, if we knew why, we would name it before You! Hear our plea for help; hear our plea for hope. We confess
that we do not grasp the depths which drive one of Your children to end the life You began. We confess that faint stirrings
of guilt, soft wondering about our own inattentions, and a simple unease all groan within us. Grant us a grace which will be
sufficient for our own broken and breaking places."
Citizenship: "O God, The Giver of beginnings, we praise You for giving to Your servants fresh possibilities, extended
hopes, and a new nation. You have given them life and now You give them calls to new loyalties, new responsibilities, and new
opportunities. We make no claim for the perfection of this nations, but we do make full claim upon Your presence in its work
for justice, its care for the poor, and its openness to those who seek to be its people."
About the Author
F. Belton Joyner Jr.
F. Belton Joyner Jr. is a retired United Methodist pastor and author of The Unofficial UM Handbooks and Being Methodist
in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused Methodists and many other books.
Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at Duke Divinity School and member of Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church.
He lives in Bahama, North Carolina.