“Loving God, you who deserve the best and want the best from each one of us–singer, musician, and pastor, take our preparation for this service and bless it with your Holy Spirit; that in our different roles we may serve you faithfully and well this day and, thereby, advance your realm on earth as it is in heaven; through Jesus Christ, our leader and our God. Amen.”–from Pilgrim Prayers for Church Choirs Before worship, pastors and choir directors usually gather with the choir for prayer. This unique resource provides more than 80 short prayers for use by pastors, music directors, and all those involved in music ministry. Based upon the Revised Common Lectionary, Pilgrim Prayers for Church Choirs follows the liturgical year. Scripture references are provided at the end of each prayer, and a page for prayer reflections is included at the end of each chapter, making this unique music ministry resource even more versatile. There are also prayers for special occasions including weddings, funerals, Native American Awareness Sunday, National Day of Prayer, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. Kenneth Johnson is a retired United Methodist minister and holds an MDiv degree from Duke University. He is the author of Church Ushers: Embodiment of the Gospel and Worship Matters, Vol. II, Discipleship Resources.
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