Here is a collection of fifty call-and-response prayers adapted from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition translation of the Bible into contemporary American English by Reverend Eugene H. Peterson and William Griffin. Designed for group use in meetings, before meals, with small groups, or at public gatherings. Prayers come with permission for purchasers to copy and hand out at no charge for use in churches, schools, and other not-for-profit organizations.
A: You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.
B: With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
A: You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you.
B: Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
A: You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less.
B: That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
A: You’re blessed when you care.
B: At the moment of being "care-full," you find yourselves cared for.
A: You’re blessed when you get your inside world— your mind and heart—put right.
B: Then you can see God in the outside world. A: You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight.
B: That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
All: Yes, it is so. Amen. Yes, it’s so. Amen. Amen.
From Matthew 5, © The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition
Some of the call-and-response prayers included in this collection:
• I’m calling this meeting to order • Put your hope in God • God has rolled up his sleeves • Lavish with forgiveness • Wake up • Righteousness in full bloom • Keep your cool • God’s mercy never quits • Shine! • Set the world right • Bursting with God-news • Self-sacrifice is the way • The life-light • Remember the root command • Sin can’t tell you how to live • Now is the right time to listen • Your creative best • God will finish the work • Leading the resurrection parade • God does not give up • Let’s do it • Act on what you hear! • You’ll have it all • Be down to earth