Resources for Sunday Worship
These resources are for (a) those leading Intercessions; (b) assistant ministers; (c) those who are reading the readings. (b) and (c) are still to be written!
Resources for those Leading Intercessions
The first thing to check is which service book is being used in church on a particular Sunday. Some of these already have a set of intercessions printed in them, or a response that can be used. The rubric usually says "may" be used: you do not have to use them, but they may be appropriate to the day.
If we are using a seasonal service book, feel free to use resources 1 or 2 below.
If we are using the Festivals service book, feel free to use resource 3 below.
If we are using one of the Ordinary Time service books, feel free to use resource 4 below.
- Times and Seasons is split into different seasons. Within each season, you can find appropriate intercessions for the different days.
- New Patterns for Worship has a substantial section on Leading Intercessions, beginning on page 59. It contains tips on how to lead intercessions, as well as model prayers for the different seasons and days of the year.
- Festivals is organised by major festival in chronological order, by date throughout the year. There is a hard copy in the Vestry.
- The President's Edition of Common Worship: Holy Communion Supplementary Texts also has more generic intercessions suitable for a range of occasions, especially in Ordinary Time. These begin on page 24.
- Topical Prayers provides set prayers for specific topical subjects.
In addition, we have copies of these three books: one for each Sunday of the year (A B or C). They are usually kept on the prayer desk behind the Lectern. Please feel free to borrow them on the Sunday before you lead the prayers, or photocopy them, and return them.
Please feel free to take a service book home with you, for use next year (or afterwards) when you find yourself leading intercessions.
If you are using a different response for intercessions than the one found in the Service Book, please feel free to email me, and I'll include it on the pew sheet.
Don't forget to "establish" the response to the intercessions so it's clear in every body's mind. e.g. something like. 'In today's prayers, when I say, "Lord, be our light" we all say, "and our salvation" ' and then use it straight away, so that everyone has said it at the beginning.