It is lovely to hear different people lead the prayers at our services. Every one brings their own perspective, hopes and concerns. Leading the prayers is a wonderful form of ministry, and we all appreciate it. What happens effectively is that the leader enables the congregation to share in offering prayer as he or she gives voice to their own prayers and thanksgivings.
So far as intercessions are concerned, ‘one size’ does not fit all, and while there are some guidelines in this document, each person is free to develop their own pattern and wording. One of the few ‘rules’ is that intercessions should be quite short – no more than 5 minutes! But you will find other hints and tips here, too.
The purpose of this guide is to offer help to different people, including –
- those who have been asked to join the team, but are new to the idea and feel at a loss about where/how to start;
- those who have some experience but might like to think through different forms;
- those who have been doing it for years and simply would like to review their approach;
If you have been asked already, I hope these notes are helpful. If you are considering the idea or would like to volunteer, please call me, I would love to hear that there are more people who would like to join the team! The more people who lead our intercessions, the more occasional will be the need.