Today in the calendar of my denomination we remember George Herbert “and all saintly parish priests”.  This prayer has a wider view of priests and pastors worth celebrating!

For clergywomen,
of every community and tradition,
that we might grow in holiness, grace and wisdom:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

For those who lead congregations, large or small,
those with specialised ministries,
and those who are longing for a place to express their ministry:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

For those whose sermons are planned through Eastertide,
and for those who are waiting for this Sunday’s sermon idea to appear:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

For those who lead the singing tunefully,
and those who mouth the words so as not to cause offence:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

For those who today will weep with those who are weeping
and for those who will rejoice with those who rejoice:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

For those for whom today will be energising
and for those who will struggle this day:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

For the preachers and prophets,
the pastors and shepherds,
the storytellers and wound-tenders:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

For those whose vocation is emerging,
for those who are in denominational processes of discernment,
and for those in formation and training:
God who calls us, hear our prayer!

We thank you, O God,
for you call us and equip us and sustain us!
Be with us this day
and hear our prayer.
Amen


Jemma Allen is a priest of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and primarily expresses that vocation as a counsellor and spiritual director. She serves on the Board of RevGalBlogPals.


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Prayer: For Clergywomen

  1. Wonderful! Thank you so much for this much-needed prayer. I just have one comment for “those who mouth the words so as not to cause offence”–Your voice, which God gave you, does not offend God. That’s all that matters in worship, so sing out with the voice you have!

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