"In my work as a pastoral associate, I have seen how prayer can make or break the focus and effectiveness of a meeting. For that reason, it is important to tailor prayers to the needs of the group. I have assembled here a number of blessings geared to specific purposes, committees, or ministries, as well as longer prayer services (though even these should take not more than ten minutes of your meeting time). .... I encourage you to feel free to adapt these services to suit your particular situation or gathering. I've tried to keep the flexible to serve the greatest variety of groups". -- Intro.
"The 50 blessings and services in [this book] include opening and closing prayers, a Scripture reading, time for reflection on the Word, and intercessions." -- back cover.
Contents Introduction -- Blessings -- Prayers during the Church Year -- Prayers for Parish Gatherings.
Contents of Blessings section: A Blessing for Committees in a New Year of Service -- A Blessing for Catechumens when Breaking Open the Word -- An Easter Table Blessing -- Evangelization -- Stewardship -- A Blessing for the Planning Committee -- A Blessing for a Parishwide Learning Event -- A Blessing for Initiation Ministers -- A Blessing for All Ministers -- A Blessing for Lectors -- A Blessing for Choirs and Ministers of Music -- A Blessing for a New Parish Endeavour -- A Blessing for a Multicultural Parish.
Contents of Prayers for Parish Gathering section: Be With Us, Lord -- Help Us to Follow You, Lord -- Make Us Worthy, Lord -- Transform Us, O Lord -- Come, Wisdom of God -- Fill Our Hearts, Lord -- Thank You, Gracious God (Stewardship) -- Make Us Your Own (Stewardship 2) -- We Give Thanks to God -- We Sing Your Praises.
Author is "Pastoral Associate at St. Mary Star of the Sea [Roman Catholic] Church in New London, Connecticut". -- back cover.
Lift up your hearts ! : fifty blessings and prayers for parish meetings and ministries