To make our prayers more meaningful we started something new last Sunday. During the Prayers of the People, rather than read aloud the names on the Short Term Prayer List — which will still be printed in the leaflet — we will read prayers of concern and gratitude from a Prayer Journal. The Prayer Journal will be a looseleaf notebook open on the Usher’s Table when you come to church. If you would like prayers for something or someone read aloud, simply write your name (this helps us track you down if we can’t read what you have written!), who or what you would like prayers for under the appropriate column (concerns or thanksgivings) and the reason (optional).