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.

Available from in paperback and for Kindle.

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

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

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, 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


New Prayer Book from Northwestern Publishing House, ‘There’s a Prayer for That’

A new book of prayers is available from Northwestern Publishing House. There’s a Prayer for That. It contains 494 prayers, with many of them newly composed for this book. Two of them, 18. Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, and 84. Thanks for Freedom from Satan’s Power are by Pastor Paul Stratman, the editor of A Collection of Prayers.


The book can be ordered through at the following link:

Description from Amazon:

The Word encourages you to pray in every circumstance. Whether life leads you to bring thanks, praise, or troubles before God, he will listen.

There’s a Prayer for That guides you in this continual conversation with God. This collection contains over 450 prayers, including some from Meditations Daily Devotional, for the people and situations in your life. Whether you are thinking about your family and friends, your future, or your faith, this book will guide you in prayer.

God may not always respond in obvious or expected ways. Yet, the messages from Scripture included in There’s a Prayer for That assure you that his answers are lovingly given for the good of your soul.

No matter what tomorrow brings, there’s a prayer for that, and there’s a loving Father who wants you to talk to him.