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Congregational Prayer

This page features several prayers suitable for a congregation to pray out loud, with a prayer to use near the opening of a church service, a short closing congregational prayer, and an inspiring call to worship. There is a also a beautiful prayer video for beginning a worship meeting with, and a prayer to say together after taking communion:-

Congregational prayer

We draw near to you Almighty God, united as brothers and sisters within your kingdom.
Gathered together, we lift our eyes to see your face.
Expectant with faith, we lay our lives before you.
Lord, may your Holy Spirit transform us, may your light shine upon us and bring peace.
We open our ears to hear your good news, we open our eyes to see your truth and we open our hearts to receive your endless love.

In the name of Jesus we pray,


(a prayer for a church service from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

click here for several more prayers for opening meetings, church services and worship events.

Short congregational prayer for closing a meeting

Father, thank you for your everlasting, overflowing and merciful love. Fill our hearts anew with the wind of your Spirit, that we might shine like lights in the darkness, leading others to taste and believe in the grace and legacy of Jesus Christ your precious son.


(a short closing prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Harvest Thanks Prayer

Congregational prayer for after communion

(a post communion prayer of thanks)


No words can express our gratitude and amazement that you should die for us.
How amazing is it that each of our lives is so valuable to you that you would lay yours down to reach us. May the bread and wine remain with us as we seek to take your message of love and grace into the world.


(a post communion prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Opening Prayer

A prayer suitable to watch as a congregation for opening a church service with:-

Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647)

Call to worship prayer

O Lord,

We lift our eyes to see your glory.
We open our hearts to receive your love.
We engage our minds to understand your truths.
We offer our songs to praise your name.

Lord, as we give you our lives, please take everything that we are, so that we may reveal your blessings to the world.


(a modern prayer of worship from www.lords-prayer-words.com)