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DOs and DON’Ts of Prayers on a Church Facebook Page

The type of prayers I post on my church Facebook page is the subject of ongoing conversation in my church community.   I do not want to “overshare” on my church’s Facebook page and have parishioners no longer feel safe to share personal needs within our church community.  Some people may welcome public prayer for their concerns, while others may feel their privacy has been violated through sharing of public prayer. Parishioners are always free to request prayers and pray for others on their personal facebook pages, and in person, via email, etc.

Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts and Maybes I am currently using to post on my church’s Facebook page.

DO

Post general prayers such as:

“We pray for all people in their daily life and work; For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.”

Post “shareable” prayer postcards:

for the sick

Post information on online prayer resources:

The Episcopal Church has a moderated prayer wall online that is free and open to the public.

DON’T

Do not post a prayer request with names and/or specific illnesses:

“St. Tim’s prays for Jon Doe as he undergoes surgery this afternoon.”

MAYBE

I posted a request for prayers of thanks and blessing twice and the response was good.  Here is the post I used:

“We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.”

It’s Thankful Thursday! What are you thankful for today? Please feel free to tell us in the comments below!

thanks

If a person requests prayers for themselves on your church Facebook page, you may consider posting the prayer request.

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