The words that describe our deepest longings for God, our highest praise for God, and our most distant wanderings from God are often the starting points of our prayers. Prayers & Litanies for the Christian Season focuses each prayer or litany on one word in the vocabulary of our faith, moving through the liturgical year by voicing the language of our hearts.
The book is divided into the six seasons of the Christian year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Primarily designed for congregational worship, the words are appropriate for invocations, prayers of confession, pastoral prayers, and benedictions. A reader using the book for personal devotion will find the poetic style of the prayers fitting for moving through the year "word by word."
"Sharlande Sledge's prayers and litanies are biblically sound, theologically deep, and spiritually fresh. Her ability to tell the hard truth about human experience without ever ceasing to thank God is a great gift to those of us who have had enough of sentimental 'Christianity.'"
— Barbara Brown Taylor
Author of The Preaching Life and When God Is Silent