2020 Fall Advanced Class “Leading Public Prayer” is via Zoom, November 7, 2020.

Leading Public Prayer   

“Shaping the Prayers of the People” by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher

Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession, by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher. Eerdmans Publishing Company (ISBN 9780802870971)

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.