I’ve met more than a few people who fear praying aloud. . . . While I suggest making prayer a part of the group time in some way, there is certainly nothing wrong with reading a psalm as prayer, inviting a group member to close in prayer, making a list of prayer requests and emailing them out to group members for personal prayer during the week, or writing a prayer to send with the group each week.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
—James 5:16 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Thank you, God, for the opportunity to grow closer to you and to one another. We ask you to be present in our small-group meetings and to help us become more Christlike. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Our basic need for belonging and connection to other people is magnified during times we have to be apart from others. Licensed psychologist and author of Gather Us In Dr. Angela D. Schaffner offers 10 helpful tips for running a quality Zoom group. Read more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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