NEW! Christian Prayer

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It is said that when Martin Luther was dying, a slip of paper was found in his pocket on which he had scribbled, “Truly we are all beggars.” By definition, prayer is asking or begging. In all our abundance, we are tempted to forget that—and to forget prayer altogether.

Long ago I took a class, “The Theology and Practice of Prayer,” and a native African pastor in the class asked, “Why do you need a book to pray?” No one really needs a book to pray. We have examples of written prayers in the Old Testament with the psalms which have been called the Bible’s song and prayer book. We have the example of Jesus himself giving the Lord’s Prayer: once saying “Pray like this…” (Matthew 6:9) and another time saying, “When you pray, say ‘Our Father…” (Luke 11:2). So there is a biblical precedent for written and memorized prayer.

This book strives to bring together the best classic prayers and rites from many sources and arranges them for personal devotion. Most of the prayers are gathered from Christians of the past as a source of prayer for Christians today. Thus, the title Christian Prayer.

This prayer book can also be used for group or congregational worship. The topical prayers can be used as intercessions in corporate worship. The confessions and absolutions and the litanies can be read alone, but they are printed so they can be used with a leader and group.

This book contains texts or basic outlines for the main services of the church, the Divine Service, and Matins and Vespers, along with Prime and Compline modified from our publication The Antiphonary of Bangor and The Divine Offices of Bangor.

The topical prayers drew from many sources, all updated in language and edited for consistency.

Seasonal Devotions and Home Liturgies are short rites can be used by families or small groups to observe days and seasons that may not always be celebrated in corporate worship, and some that may establish new traditions in the home. Lighting of an Advent Wreath, Blessing of a Nativity Scene, Chalking the Door for Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Days of Holy Week, Easter Eve and All Saints Day. As this book is being prepared, (April and May of 2020) we are being made painfully aware of the need for worship materials in the home.

Available now in paperback and for Kindle through Amazon.com. 

 

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New from VaterUnser Books: “Through Your Mercy, O Our God…” Prayers from the Mozarabic Church

This book is a collection of prayers from the Mozarabic tradition. The Mozarabs were Christians who lived in Spain under Islamic rule. The prayers in the Mozarabic Rite are free in style and substantial in meaning. Most of the prayers also seem to be very direct in presenting gospel content. They are also very consciously biblical. Some of the Mozarabic prayers also have a definite structure. Sometimes the structure is similar to the parallelism in Hebrew psalms. Some prayers remind me of a modern bullet list. The content, structure and biblical foundation of the prayers give them a special beauty, along with deep meaning.

Available through Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

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The New Ancient Collects, Christmas Sampler

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The New Ancient Collects is a revision of the classic Ancient Collects and Other Prayers by Dr. William Bright. These treasures of the ancient Christian church have been refreshed in contemporary English, and the collection is available for purchase through Amazon.com at this link: http://amzn.to/2hFSvNR

To preview, download this free pdf of a sampling of the Christmas prayers:

The New Ancient Collects – Christmas Sampler

Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage – Christmas Sampler

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Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation this Christmas with this collection of Prayers from the Evangelical-Lutheran Heritage – Christmas Sampler.  This collection draws on the history of the Lutheran Church from Luther to Loehe (1500s-1800s). The whole book can be purchased through Amazon.com at this link: http://amzn.to/2AXqUzi 

To preview, download this free pdf of a sampling of the Christmas prayers:

Prayers from the Ev. Lutheran Heritage – Christmas Sampler

Attention Worship Planners: Now and Forever

Attention worship planners! A new church year begins in just over four weeks. The first Sunday in Advent is December 1.

A Collection of Prayers presents a new prayer resource, based on the Revised Common Lectionary, and adaptable to lectionaries in Lutheran Service Book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship and Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal. Also usable with Episcopal and Roman Catholic Lectionaries:

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.

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Here are sample prayers for Advent and Christmas, Year A. Prayers may be used on a trial basis. Printed materials (church bulletins/worship folders) must include a copyright notice:

Prayer of the Day (Closing Collect in the Prayers of the People, Closing Prayer, or however the prayer is used…) is reprinted from Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries, copyright © 2019 Paul C. Stratman, used by permission. Available through Amazon.com.

First Sunday in Advent

When the theme is “See, your King comes to you!”

Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself when you appeared in human flesh at your first coming, you humbly rode into Jerusalem on a donkey when you brought your saving work to fulfillment, and without fear or force, you come to us in Word and Sacrament. Fill our hearts with the joy and peace that comes with your Word of promise, that we may live secure in you; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [1]

First Sunday in Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Keep us mindful of our present time and watchful for the day of your return. Clothe us with your armor of light and keep us faithful to the end; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [3]

Second Sunday in Advent

O God of hope, give us endurance, encouragement, joy and peace. Move us to repentance, change our hearts with your eternal Word, and dwell with us forever; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [6]

Third Sunday in Advent

Stir up our hearts, O Lord. Strengthen us, open our eyes and ears and fill us with joy that our Savior has come; for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [9]

Fourth Sunday in Advent

O Lord, you promised in your Holy Scriptures to send your Son Jesus Christ as the Son of David, and your own Son. Reveal this saving promise also to us and move our hearts to faith and obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [12]

Christmas Eve

O Lord, you have filled this holy night with the brightness of the true Light, Jesus Christ. You have revealed your peace and goodwill through him and have given us blessed hope. Increase our joy with that news that a child is born to us, a Son is given to us; your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [15]

Christmas Day

Glorious Father, you have revealed your glory, your grace and your truth by sending your only Son to become flesh and dwell among us. Enlighten darkened hearts with this true light that shines on everyone, that all might hear, believe, and receive the right to become children of God; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [16]

 

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Did You Enjoy “Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church”?

Did you enjoy Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church? Here’s another part of the Celtic-Anglo Christian heritage!

From the Introduction: 

"God Be in My Head..." Prayers from Old Sarum by [Stratman, Paul]The “Sarum Rite” or “Use of Salisbury” was a variant of the Roman Rite. It was known for additional responses not in the Roman Rite and for its high ceremony. In 1078, William of Normandy appointed Osmund, a Norman nobleman, as bishop of Salisbury. As bishop, Osmund initiated some revisions to the Celtic-Anglo-Saxon Rite and the local adaptations of the Roman Rite. Scholars have theorized that the liturgical practices of Rouen in northern France inspired the Sarum liturgical books. After the liturgical reforms in Salisbury, other English dioceses issued their own books, based on the Sarum Rite.

The Sarum Rite had a wealth of richly worded prayers that have influenced Christian worship ever since. Many prayers from the Sarum Rite were used in the Book of Common Prayer. This book gathers prayers from the original Sarum Missals, Breviaries and Psalters and presents them in a single collection in contemporary liturgical English, and may be useful in public or private devotions.

NOTE: This volume also contains all the psalm prayers from the book Psalm Prayers from Sarum.

Available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon.com.

“God Be in My Head…” Prayers from Old Sarum

"God Be in My Head..." Prayers from Old Sarum by [Stratman, Paul]The Sarum Rite, also called the Use of Salisbury, was a variation of the Roman Rite developed in the 1100s that was known to be high in ceremony. It also had a wealth of richly worded prayers that have influenced Christian worship ever since. Many prayers from the Sarum Rite were used in the Book of Common Prayer. This book gathers prayers from the original Sarum Missals, Breviaries and Psalters and presents them in a single collection in contemporary liturgical English, and may be useful in public or private devotions.

NOTE: This volume also contains all the psalm prayers from the book Psalm Prayers from Sarum.

Available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon.com.

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

Now and Forever: New Collects for Modern Lectionaries

Written for the Sunday and Festival themes in the Revised Common Lectionary. 

The prayers, all newly composed, are written in classic collect form and find their themes in the readings for each Sunday in the lectionary. This book gives additional options for the Prayer of the Day/Opening Prayer. These prayers may also be used for concluding petitions in the Prayer of the Church (Prayers of Intercession or Prayers of the People) or may be used as closing prayers that fit thematically with the readings of the day. Pastors, lectors and worship planners may find this to be a valuable resource for prayers in the worship service.

Because the prayers focus mainly on the themes in the Gospels, the prayers are compatible or usable with Revised Common Lectionary, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Lutheran Service Book, ILCW, Roman Catholic and Episcopal lectionaries.

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A Family Handbook of Prayer

AFHoP,Cover.pngI was contacted by Mary J. Moerbe who is a blogger interested in Lutheran writers. She also runs a Lutheran homeschool website, www.LutheranHomeschool.com. She asked if I would develop a short prayerbook with a set of classic prayers, and provide some prayers and Scriptures in other languages for homeschoolers who are teaching their children other languages.

The result is A Family Handbook of Prayer. It is provided as a free download. Its 24 pages contain morning and evening prayers, the Lord’s Prayer in several languages, table prayers, and a selection of psalms taken from the English Standard Version, some are also printed with German (Luther 1545), Latin (Vulgate) and Spanish (Reina-Valera 1995) translations.

It is formatted as a pdf, and instructions on printing as a booklet are on the inside front page (p. 2).

Download at this link: A Family Handbook of Prayer