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A Service of Trust and Healing

This service was submitted by a pastor who created the service for a specific situation in his congregation: a young mother who was dealing with cancer. He writes, “Her recent chemotherapy treatments were not working. We talked about having a special prayer service and how that was to be an expression of trust, not desperation. . . . The service was a powerful experience of God’s presence for everyone.”

Help Me Out, Lord

A Prayer of Lament

Help me out, Lord.

Out of resentment.
Help me see the beam in my eye, not the splinter in my brother’s eye.
Help me see the beam on which the Savior died for me.

In Jesus' Name

A Prayer Day Service

This service was submitted by Philip Stel, pastor of First Christian Reformed Church, Lansing, Illinois. It was a joint service of three churches: Bethel Christian Reformed Church and First Christian Reformed Church of Lansing, Illinois, and Munster Christian Reformed Church, Munster, Indiana.



Processional and Scripture Readings

The Altar of Incense Prayer: Exodus 30:1-8

“Old Testament” Prayer: Luke 1:8-10; Psalm 141:1-2

I Was Hungry...: A Litany of Remembrance and Confession

This litany of food and stewardship comes from the 1990 Hunger Packet distributed by the Mennonite Central Committee ( and is used by permission. It journeys through the Bible, recalling how hunger and poverty are deep concerns for God.

Our Father in Heaven: A Prayer Service Using the Lord's Prayer and the Heidelberg Catechism

The Lord’s Prayer has often been a source for structuring congregational prayers. This service is actually an extended prayer based on the Lord’s Prayer and the commentary on it in the Heidelberg Catechism (Q&A 120-129). It was designed as the conclusion to a preaching series on the Lord’s Prayer; each of those services also included sections of the Heidelberg Catechism.