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Parables Prayer Service: Lessons of Love from Jesus, The Master Teacher
by Jean Grant
Help your students understand Jesus' use of parables with this prayer service.
Preparation: Before gathering for the Prayer Service, place a battery-powered flicker candle, a small container of salt, a lamb figure, and a small container of seeds on the prayer table. Choose four readers, then gather in prayerful silence around the prayer table.


All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader: Jesus, you came amongst us, and, as the Master Teacher, taught each of us about your loving Father and the Kingdom of God waiting for each of us. While you traveled during your ministry, you wove a tapestry of beautiful stories to teach the people. By choosing common things that all people could relate to, you made the stories relevant to our daily lives and more understandable.

Reader 1: (Come forward, pick up the flicker candle, and turn it on. Hold it up for all to see as you read, and continue holding the lit candle during the service.) Dear Jesus, Master Teacher, you told us to let our light shine and not to hide it under a bushel basket. We should take our special talents and gifts and share them with all of God’s children. (Read Matthew 5:15-16.)

All: Open our minds and hearts to your teachings, dear Jesus.

Reader 2: (Come forward and pick up the salt from the prayer table. Hold it up for all to see while you read and for the rest of the prayer service.) Dear Jesus, Master Teacher, you taught us that salt gives flavor, and once losing its taste, it cannot be made flavorful again. Help us to remain vibrant and excited about our faith and encourage others to learn about your Father. (Read Matthew 5:13.)

All: Open our minds and hearts to your teachings, dear Jesus.

Reader 3: (Come forward and pick up the lamb from the prayer table. Hold it up while you read and during the remainder of the service.) Dear Jesus, Master Teacher, you are the Lamb of God. You came to offer yourself in sacrifice for us. You taught us that the lamb is also the symbol for forgiveness. As our Shepherd, you would search forever for each one of us who has strayed from the flock. (Read Matthew 18:10-14.)

All: Open our minds and hearts to your teachings, dear Jesus.

Reader 4: (Come forward and pick up the seeds. Hold them for all to see as you read and for the remainder of the service.) Dear Jesus, Master Teacher, you spoke of seeds and growth in many of your parables. To be strong and survive, we must surround ourselves with good people, good ideas, and commendable activities. We must fight the weeds of evil that flourish to choke us and sap our strength. Help us to nourish and refresh our faith with the waters of Baptism, and follow your guidance. (Read Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.)

All: Open our minds and hearts to your teachings, dear Jesus.

Leader: Master Teacher, be with us as we meet all challenges throughout life. Our learning will never end. The daily struggle between good and evil will always face us on the path to eternity. Keep your parables of love in our minds and hearts so we will make wise decisions. Let us close with the Our Father in the words that you taught us. (All pray the Our Father.)


Jean Grant teaches at St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Charles, MO.


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