Prayer for the Group
Our parish has a vibrant group of involved women who have organized under one umbrella we call the Women’s Guild. It’s only a few years old and we’re still working out a few things. In an effort to keep us focused on our purpose, I volunteered to compose a prayer to start our meetings. My first consideration is how the the mission of the group aligns with the Great Commission to “go make disciples of all nations.” If a disciple is one who never stops knowing, loving and serving God more, then the commission is to a life abiding in Christ and sharing with others how to do the same to become a fruitful disciple wherever your path leads you.
Everything our group does, then, serves this purpose–to know God more, maybe through a Bible study, book club or even a movie group that tries to see where God or his truth, goodness or beauty is present or sorely absent. We love and serve God more by taking care of His creation, His Church, our own bodies and by lovingly offering the works of our hands to those brothers and sisters in Christ who have material needs.
Our mission is to build fellowship and community among the women of the parish through spiritual, social, and charitable activities.
All these things are a part of our life’s mission, but the purpose of the Women’s Guild is to emphasize that we are not alone in these efforts and that God is present as we are present to each other. May all the works of our hands give glory to God!
Women’s Guild Prayer
Leader will divide group into two sides for scriptural reading and invite members of the group to reflect personally on the gifts listed: love, hospitality, gifts, speech, service. Before you begin, invite the group to take a deep breath and know that where two or three are gathered, the Lord is in their midst. Come Holy Spirit, inspire this meeting…
All: In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Leader: Lord Jesus, we thank you for bringing us together today and dwelling among this community of sisters in Christ. We ask you to bless this gathering of the _____________________ Circle of Women’s Guild. Grant, we pray, that filled with the Holy Spirit, we may grow in love and knowledge of You, and with haste, bring your Presence into the world by the works of our hands.
Leader: A reading from the first book of St. Peter (4:8-11)
Side 1: Above all, hold unfailing your love for one another.
Side 2: Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.
Side 1: As each has received a gift, employ it for one another,
Side 2: as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Side 1: Whoever speaks,
Side 2: as one who utters oracles of God;
Side 1: whoever renders service,
Side 2: as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies;
ALL: in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
pause for brief silence, ask, “what do I do that gives glory to God?” Thank God for that and share a brief praise report with your Guild sisters.
Leader: Glory be to the Father… (all follow)