Shaping the Prayers of the People

The Art of Intercession



This book offers a model of profound and accessible congregational prayer. At once inspirational and practical, it will empower and equip laypeople and clergy alike to offer heartfelt, informed, and appropriate prayers on behalf of the people of God. As Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher say, "Interceding in public worship is a duty. This book is intended to make it a joy."
Shaping the Prayers of the People begins by considering what public prayer is and offering practical guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls. It explores prayer as an integral part of worship and discusses the language we need (and don't need) to address God. Significantly, the book also provides an array of example prayers along with commentary.


Abigail Kocher, Author

Kocher, Abigail: - Abigail Kocher is an ordained elder in the United MethodistChurch and has served churches in North Carolina andVirginia.

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Samuel Wells, Author

Wells, Samuel: - Samuel Wells, formerly Dean of Duke Chapel, is now Vicarof St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, and VisitingProfessor of Christian Ethics at King's College London. Hisprevious books include Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear withFaith and Power and Passion: Six Characters inSearch of Resurrection.

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