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Spirit Prayers
Invitations to Worship for Home or Faith Community
by Dr. Devoree Clifton Crist View author's profile page

Overview


This book is a collection of the prayers written for the author's congregation as the opening prayer for worship. The lectionary text chosen by her pastor for the day serves as the inspiration for the call to worship. Included are prayers for the full three year cycle of the common lectionary. It is organized by theme but one may search for a specific text in the scriptural index. Though written for corporate worship, the reading of the text and the prayer may also serve as a way to enter into personal devotional reflection.
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Spirit Prayers is a lectionary-based collection of prayers written for the opening of worship, intended to be engaged in participatory fashion by congregations. The author was invited to create these prayers to bring energy, openness, and receptivity to the congregation as they entered into an attitude of worship. Specifically, the spirit prayer serves as gathering words intended to help the members turn from the chaos and messiness of day to day living and enter into a space of worship to receive the message of the day. As such, the collection can also serve as an opening into the sacred space for personal prayer time at home, the office, or any setting. The scripture and prayer provide the devotional stuff out of which personal reflection, creative individual worship or prayer come. They could be a way to start or end the day or reconnect with the holy during a busy, hectic, or routine day. The prayers are grouped into thematic chapters including Beauty, Praise, Discipleship, Healing, Justice, Grace, Love & Gratitude, and Trust & Surrender. A special seasonal section contains prayers and liturgies for Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Easter and Pentecost. The scriptural index allows one to search for a certain text. The format for each chapter includes introductory remarks, followed by the prayers. Each entry is composed of a scripture selection and a corresponding prayer. It is the hope of the author that one may find entry into this resource from one or more of these different portals.
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About the author


Dr. Devoree Clifton Crist is a spiritual director, retired physician, wife and mother living in St. Louis, MO. She holds an Masters in Theological Studies from Eden Theological Seminary, a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Aquinas Institute of Theology, and a Doctorate from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She has an active retreat ministry. She is an active member of Webster Groves Christian Church, a Disciples of Christ congregation in St. Louis. She enjoys writing, art, and music.
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Book details

Genre:RELIGION

Subgenre:Prayerbooks / Christian

Language:English

Series title:Spirit Prayers

Series Number:1

Pages:128

Paperback ISBN:9781543980868


Overview


This book is a collection of the prayers written for the author's congregation as the opening prayer for worship. The lectionary text chosen by her pastor for the day serves as the inspiration for the call to worship. Included are prayers for the full three year cycle of the common lectionary. It is organized by theme but one may search for a specific text in the scriptural index. Though written for corporate worship, the reading of the text and the prayer may also serve as a way to enter into personal devotional reflection.

Read more

Description


Spirit Prayers is a lectionary-based collection of prayers written for the opening of worship, intended to be engaged in participatory fashion by congregations. The author was invited to create these prayers to bring energy, openness, and receptivity to the congregation as they entered into an attitude of worship. Specifically, the spirit prayer serves as gathering words intended to help the members turn from the chaos and messiness of day to day living and enter into a space of worship to receive the message of the day. As such, the collection can also serve as an opening into the sacred space for personal prayer time at home, the office, or any setting. The scripture and prayer provide the devotional stuff out of which personal reflection, creative individual worship or prayer come. They could be a way to start or end the day or reconnect with the holy during a busy, hectic, or routine day. The prayers are grouped into thematic chapters including Beauty, Praise, Discipleship, Healing, Justice, Grace, Love & Gratitude, and Trust & Surrender. A special seasonal section contains prayers and liturgies for Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Easter and Pentecost. The scriptural index allows one to search for a certain text. The format for each chapter includes introductory remarks, followed by the prayers. Each entry is composed of a scripture selection and a corresponding prayer. It is the hope of the author that one may find entry into this resource from one or more of these different portals.

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About the author


Dr. Devoree Clifton Crist is a spiritual director, retired physician, wife and mother living in St. Louis, MO. She holds an Masters in Theological Studies from Eden Theological Seminary, a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Aquinas Institute of Theology, and a Doctorate from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She has an active retreat ministry. She is an active member of Webster Groves Christian Church, a Disciples of Christ congregation in St. Louis. She enjoys writing, art, and music.
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Clarence
A Treasure Spirit Prayers is a treasure for those seeking deeper relationship with the Divine in real, practical and tangible ways. Each prayer serves as an exquisite bridge between our deep longings and lived experiences and the Word of God. Rooted in our personal desire to know and live in the light, and affirmed in the power of communal worship, this collection will surely resonate with many seekers and communities of faith. Clarence Heller, author of Everyday Sacred: Meditations and Paintings to Inspire Reflection and Prayer Read more
Renee
Spirit Prayers I think this book may have been designed for group worship, but I have enjoyed it as a morning devotional. I began by going through the book chronologically, but soon gravitated toward readings under a specific theme as it pertains to my life at the time. It's a wonderful way to start my day. Read more
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