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Prayers for Southern People and Prayers for Southern Seasons: Two Book set - Print.

Prayers for Southern People and Prayers for Southern Seasons: Two Book set - Print.

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Prayers for Southern People and Prayers for Southern Seasons: Two Print Book set. Print.

By Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

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Prayers for Southern People - Details

Published: March 2023 
Language: English

Words: 63,020
B/W text, 286pp, 6″ x 9″ 
Softcover
ISBN 9781991027405

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Lay preachers, clergy and worship leaders, are you looking for new prayers and liturgy to refresh your worship and engage your congregations? 

Do you want worship-tested liturgy that honours southern hemisphere seasons? 

Does your congregation enjoy responsive prayers?

Then this extensive collection of new material by a longstanding New Zealand Lay Preacher is just what you need.

Many types of liturgy are included:

  • Opening / Gathering
  • Candle lighting
  • Praise / Thanksgiving
  • Intercession
  • Confession
  • Illumination
  • Offering dedication
  • Blessing
  • Commissioning
  • Meditation

The 326 entries are divided into three parts:

  1. The Liturgical Year
  2. The Season of Creation
  3. Social Themes

To help you easily find the best liturgy for your next service, the book includes a comprehensive Table of Contents and a full Scripture Index.

Many of the entries are suitable for devotions at the start of church meetings. Readers will also find plenty of stimulating material to support their personal devotions.

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Prayers for Southern Seasons – Details

Published: May 2019; reprinted 2023.
Language: English
Words: 25,870
B/W text, 122pp
Soft cover
ISBN: 9781988572086

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Worship leaders, this engaging collection of prayers will support your work of creating meaningful services that reflect the church year in our part of the world.

In Aotearoa New Zealand the church year begins in early summer, harvest comes during the fast of Lent, and we celebrate Easter not when life is emerging anew in a burst of spring flowering but when leaves are turning red and gold and falling to the ground. The prayers and poems in this collection have been arranged to reflect the cycle of the seasons as we experience them, and the church’s feasts and fasts, and other commemorations, as they occur within those seasons.

To lead a congregation in worship is both a great privilege and a great responsibility. Prayer is a vital part of public worship. Many of the prayers are responsive, giving congregation members an opportunity for more active involvement in the service. The poems for personal reflection are ideal for printing on the front cover of an order of service or within a church bulletin.

Joy’s hope is that this book will be a useful resource for worship leaders, providing just the right words when they need them, and that they, and others who happen to open these pages, may find within sparks of inspiration to ignite their own devotional creativity.

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About the author

Joy brings to her writing a love of literature and of scripture. She holds an honours degree in English from the University of Canterbury, and in 2004 gained a Bachelor of Theology degree from the University of Otago.

Soon after Joy began to be asked to lead worship for her home congregation and then for other congregations, learning how to do so by trial and error and with helpful advice offered by those sitting in the pews. This experience convinced her of the importance of resourcing lay worship leaders for the task they are requested to undertake.

Joy has served on the executive committee of the New Zealand Lay Preachers Association, including in the role of President. She is a member of the Village Presbyterian Church in Christchurch. Joy is now retired after a 31 year career with the Christchurch City Council, in the discipline of road safety education.

She is married to David Aitken, without whose support her lay preaching ministry could not happen.

Her first book Prayers for Southern Seasons was published in 2019. Prayers for Southern People was published in March 2023. 

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