About the prayers

These prayers were written to be read aloud in church, and probably will make more sense read aloud than on the page.  I have put at the top of each one the scriptures that informed it, in case you want to use the prayers as part of your own reflection on the scripture.  I’ve also put where and when the prayers were actually prayed, because time and place are part of what makes prayer real — God is eternal, the scriptures are for everyone everywhere, but the congregation that heard each prayer for the first time was a particular bunch of people in a particular place on one day in history.