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Prayers for Southern People: Poems and Prayers for Christian Worship and Devotions

By Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

Published:  February 2023
Language: English
Words: 63,020
B/W text, 286 pp, 6″ x 9″ 

You are buying a zipped file containing eBook editions of this 286 page book in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats. (2023) ISBNs: PDF 9781991027429; ePub/Mobi 9781991027436.

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 ADD a copy of Joy's 2019 eBook Prayers for Southern Seasons and save $5.00 off the usual total retail price for both eBooks.

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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.

Reader feedback

“I'm so enjoying your new book! "Prayers for Southern People." Thank you, Thank you ,Thank you! It arrived today. What a lot of work, but so worthwhile! You are very talented. 
I particularly love" We are all Migrants." I like "About the author" ...very interesting to learn about your roots and Presbyterian background. 
We are blessed to have you as a Lay Preacher giving us such useful material in a NZ context.”  LH

Click here for: Samples from the Season of Lent


Part 1: The Liturgical Year
  • Advent
  • Christmas
  • New Year
  • Epiphany
  • Transfiguration
  • Lent
  • Palm Sunday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Good Shepherd Sunday
  • Ascension
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Day of Pentecost
  • Trinity Sunday
  • Ordinary Time
  • Creation Day
  • Spring Flower Sunday
  • Blessing of the Animals
  • All Saints Day
  • Reign of Christ Sunday
Part 2: Season of Creation
  • Forest Sunday
  • Land Sunday
  • Wilderness Sunday
  • River Sunday
  • Earth Sunday
  • Humanity Sunday
  • Sky Sunday
  • Mountain Sunday
  • Ocean Sunday
  • Fauna Sunday
  • Storm Sunday
  • Cosmos Sunday
  • Climate Sunday
  • Solar Sunday
  • Atmosphere Sunday
  • Rainbow Sunday
  • Volcano Sunday
  • Earthquake / Tsunami Sunday
  • Flood Sunday
  • Wildfire Sunday
Part 3: Social Themes
  • Waitangi Day (February)
  • Interfaith Harmony Week (February)
  • Race Relations Day (March)
  • Harvest Festival (Autumn)
  • Children’s Day (March)
  • International Women’s Day (March)
  • ANZAC Day
  • Mothers’ Day (May)
  • World Press Freedom Day (May)
  • Disability Sunday (June)
  • Day of the Seafarer (June)
  • Refugee and Migrant Sunday (June)
  • Bible Month (July)
  • Lay Worship Sunday (August)
  • Peace Sunday (August)
  • Youth Sunday (August)
  • Fathers’ Day (September)
  • Older People’s Day (October)
  • World Homeless Day (October)
  • Rural Life and International Rural Women’s Day (October)
  • Industrial Sunday (October)
  • Elimination of Violence Against Women Day (November)
  • World Day against Trafficking in Persons (July) and International Day for Abolishing Modern Slavery (December)
  • International Universal Health Coverage Day (December)
Suggested Readings for Special Observances
Suggested Readings for Season of Creation
Scripture Index
About the Author
Also by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken: Prayers for Southern Seasons: Poems and prayers for Christian worship and devotions


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.

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