Children's Prayer Service

The following children's liturgy has been used by our Sunday School program for many years. It is not known who wrote it, but it is clearly modeled after the liturgy found in the Book of Common Prayer, as you'd expect, given that we're Episcopal.

We open each lesson with this service, and spend a few minutes going around the room for each of the prayer requests. This allows the children to share some things that are going on in their lives.

Usually the children rotate around the room, alternately reading the part of the 'LEADER', while the Teacher will read the Gospel, solicit prayer requests and conduct the offering. In some cases, depending on circumstances, the Gospel reading and the offering are omitted.

We printed the liturgy on cardstock, folded it over so it opens like a book, and included a child's drawing of our Church building on the cover. There's a pdf file of the liturgy, ready for printing, here: (children's prayer service.) Print it out as is, and let the children decorate the front as part of a lesson activity, or copy it onto the back of a 'Title Page' prepared previously.

CHILDREN'S PRAYER SERVICE

 
LEADER: The Lord is in His holy temple:
ALL: Let all the earth keep silence before Him.
 
TEACHER: (GOSPEL READING)
 
LEADER: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
 
LEADER: Let us pray.
We love God, our Father
ALL: For the beautiful world He has made,
For our families who love us,
For our daily bread He gives us,
For our Lord Jesus Christ whom He sent.
 
LEADER: We tell God we are sorry_
ALL: When we are unkind to somebody,
When we are selfish.
When we lie, cheat or steal
When we disobey,
And God forgives because He loves us.
 
LEADER: We ask God for help_
ALL: When it's hard to do better,
When we feel lonely,
When we have something hard to do,
When something sad happens.
 
LEADER: We pray for others_
ALL: For all who are lonely,
For all who are hungry, homeless or sick,
For all who are in trouble,
For all who have died, And especially for
 
TEACHER: (Ask the children for any prayer requests)
 
LEADER: We thank God
ALL: For our church family,
For our friends,
For happy times,
And especially for
 
TEACHER: (Ask the children for any prayer requests)
 
TEACHER: (CONDUCT THE OFFERING)
 
LEADER: Our Father,
ALL: Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
 
LEADER: Let us bless the Lord.
ALL: Thanks be to God.
 
LEADER:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
And the love of God,
And the fellowship of the Holy Ghost
Be with us evermore.
ALL: AMEN

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