Here is a collection of Prayers for Meetings of any kind: Business meetings, Sunday school meetings, church or family meetings, and prayer meetings.
Opening Prayer for Meeting
Lord, we are meeting today to conduct matters
of business. Guide our hearts and our minds in the
spirit of fairness, right thought and speech. Impart your
supreme wisdom upon our activities so that our affairs
may reach a successful conclusion. Thank you for being
our source of guidance today. Amen!
Read our full collection of Opening and Closing Prayers
Prayer to Come to an Agreement
Dear God, we seek your help with our affairs today.
Bless this meeting with your divine intelligence, and
help us to make the best use of our own. We are
of diverse opinion here. Yet we wish to mend our
differences and reach agreement satisfactory to all.
Please share a little of your wisdom with us to help
us do right by all concerned. Thank you for your
Heavenly blessing. Amen!
Sunday School Meeting
O God, we thank You for this privilege of meeting
today in Your house. Help us worship You
acceptably. Bless Your word to us all.
Bless our pastor and people, in the name
of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.!
School Board Meeting Prayer
Loving and Gracious God, you are indeed the giver of all good gifts
and we thank you today for all your blessings, for the successful outcomes
of our school events and for all our staff members, both the teaching and
We ask that you bless them abundantly and we continue to seek your wisdom,
guidance, courage and strength. Be with us in our deliberations and help us
to be wise in the decisions we make for the good of all those who have placed
their trust and confidence in our leadership.
Give us insight to lead with integrity that our decisions may reflect what is
right and good. Keep us from short-sightedness and pettiness. Help us to make
decisions that are for the good of all and guard us from blind self interest.
Dear Lord, grant us the humility to always seek your will in all that we do and say.
All Glory be to you, loving God, now and always through Christ and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever. Amen.
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Family Meeting Prayer
Our family gathers today in joyous occasion,
thanks to our Lord who looks after us all.
Bless this happy meeting and may we all
be praised in Your gracious name!
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It’s Monday. Most of us have meetings to go to today or later this week. Here is a prayer before a meeting. It’s published on the St. Louis University Prayerbook, a site where members of the SLU community share prayers.
Heavenly Father, we come to you today asking for your guidance, wisdom, and support as we begin this meeting. Help us to engage in meaningful discussion; allow us to grow closer as a group and nurture the bonds of community. Fill us with your grace, Lord God, as we make decisions that might affect the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Saint Louis University. And continue to remind us that all that we do here today, all that we accomplish, is for the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of You, and for the service of humanity. We ask these things in your name, Amen.
For other prayers on this site, see the Prayers by St. Ignatius and Others.
Here are five prayers for a staff meeting.
Board Meeting Prayer
Father God, You alone are sovereign over all things and I pray right now that Your will be done in this board meeting and that Your Son and His Name would be glorified in how we conduct our business matters for the church. We seek to always do Your will and ask for Your Spirit to give us guidance in how to make decisions, the freedom to speak up when somethings on our mind, and to make sound and wise decisions that would be for the benefit of the church and for this I pray and in the most glorious name of all names, Jesus Christ, amen.
Staff Meeting Prayer
Righteous God, I ask for Your presence in this meeting today that You would bring to mind the things that are most important and that we would be unified in purpose and not take things personally when someone disagrees with me or someone else or when there are disagreements between others. Help us to focus on the issue and not the person and avoid personal attacks so that the meeting can be more productive and we can do things as You would have us do them. That means we must sometimes humble ourselves before others and acknowledge that someone else’s ideas are better than our own. We must keep in mind what the desired outcome is and not what we think it should be, and so I ask for Your help in these areas and for the glorification of the name that is above all names I pray, and that Name is Jesus Christ, amen.
Prayer before Meeting
Father God in heaven, I ask You to fill us with Your Spirit and give us the courage to speak in the meeting if we have reason to and that the meeting would be in the best interests of everyone involved. The decisions we make can make huge impacts and so give us Your wisdom that is from above and not lean on our own human understanding. Open our minds to the ideas of others and open our ears to hear the words of others and to make fair assessments of what others might say and to treat with dignity and respect, everyone who is present. We want to be godly in our actions with one another and this means we should be slow to speak and quick to listen and value the opinions of others, so with regards to this, I pray for Your help and in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.
Prayer for Unity
Great God in heaven, You are in perfect union with Your Son and Your Spirit and so please I pray that You would give us unity. A unity of one mind, one purpose, and of one spirit so that we can be agreeing upon the one, true purpose for which we are meeting. I need You and everyone here needs You and so send us Your guidance through Your Spirit so that we can more easily be joined together in a common purpose and that all things would be done decently and in order as You would have them done and in a respectable manner that would bring You glory and in Jesus Christ’s beloved name I pray, amen.
Prayer for Humility
I ask You of Father God to help me focus on being humble in this meeting because I don’t want this to be about bringing my own personal agenda to the meeting. I want to esteem others and their opinions better than my own and want to humble myself before them and admit when I make mistakes and confess to everyone present when I was wrong. I desire to model the humility that Jesus Christ our Lord showed (Phil 2:4-9) but I also don’t want to be inhibited from speaking about what I think is best so please give me boldness to speak with I feel it is important but not because it’s my idea; but because I sincerely believe it is best and help me to keep my focus on You and Your will in making decisions in alignment with Your will. Let that be the chief purpose in my soul and in Jesus Christ’s precious name I pray, amen.
Staff meetings can be tumultuous and sometimes confrontational but they are sometimes called “bored meetings” for very good reason; they’re not much fun. They are necessary but sometimes grueling. Consider praying before every board meeting, every staff meeting, or any meeting that you have and ask for God’s presence and His leading by His Spirit because that will be the best goal and it will bring more glory to God.
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Part four of a four-part review of the freedom of expression in schools.
In this installment, we focus on freedom of expression for school board members.
Does a school board violate the Constitution if it opens its meetings with a prayer? What if the prayer does not suggest a particular faith?
In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a town board did not violate the Constitution by opening its meetings with a prayer. For many years, the Town of Greece, which borders Lake Ontario in upstate New York, would start its board meetings with a moment of silence. Beginning in 1999, a newly elected town supervisor started inviting local clergy members to deliver an invocation at the beginning of the town board meetings. Greece did not review the prayers or provide any guidance about the content of the prayers in advance of the board meetings to prevent interference with the free speech rights of the clergy. Most of the prayers included civic and religious themes.
Some of the invited clergy led prayers that were obviously Christian. For example, a minister opened a meeting with: “Lord, God of all creation, we give you thanks and praise for your presence and action in the world. We look with anticipation to the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. It is in the solemn events of next week that we find the very heart and center of our Christian faith. We acknowledge the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. We draw strength, vitality, and confidence from his resurrection at Easter…. We pray for peace in the world, an end to terrorism, violence, conflict, and war. We pray for stability, democracy, and good government in those countries in which our armed forces are now serving, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan…. Praise and glory be yours, O Lord, now and forever more. Amen.”
Following the invocation, the town supervisor would present the clergy member with a plaque. From 1999 to 2007, all of the invited clergy who led the invocation at the town board meetings were Christian even though ministers of any persuasion, including atheism, could give the invocation. Two Greece residents who attended board meetings objected to the prayers. In response, the town board invited a Jewish layman, the chairman of the local Baha’i temple, and a Wiccan priestess to deliver prayers at the opening of its board meetings. Despite the inclusion of other faiths, the two residents sued Greece in federal court. They claimed Greece violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause because the invocation policy preferred Christians over other faiths. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits any governmental agency, including school boards, from forcing its citizens to participate or support any religion.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway, which concluded that Greece did not violate the Establishment Clause. Justice Kennedy relied on the long-standing “legislative prayer” exception to the Establishment Clause. Justice Kennedy explained that the principal audience for invocations was not the public but rather” lawmakers who may find that a moment of prayer or quiet reflection sets the mind to a higher purpose and eases the task of governing.” Justice Kennedy’s closed his opinion in Town of Greece with these words: “ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government to alter or define and that willing participation in civic affairs can be consistent with a brief acknowledgment of their belief in a higher power, always with due respect for those who adhere to other beliefs.”
Justice Kennedy’s opinion did not end litigation in Alaska over invocations for legislative bodies. In 2017, the ACLU of Alaska sued the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its invocation policy, which allows for an invocation at the beginning of assembly meetings only from someone who is part of a religious group with an established presence in the Kenai Peninsula Borough or chaplains that serve in the Borough. The policy was adopted following an invocation at an Assembly meeting in 2016 that included a message of Satanism. This lawsuit is still pending.
Justice Kennedy’s opinion also did not resolve whether the “legislative prayer” exception applies to school board meetings. The U.S. Supreme Court has resolved other issues of school prayer in public schools under the Establishment Clause. In 1962, it determined that the official school prayer adopted by the Board of Regents for the State of New York violated the Establishment Clause in Engel v. Vitale. That prayer read: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and beg Thy blessings upon us, our teachers, and our country.”
In 1992, in Lee v. Weisman, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that a school could not invite a clergy member to lead a prayer at a graduation. Justice Kennedy, who wrote the opinion for the court, explained that a rabbi-led prayer of less than one minute at a middle school graduation violated the Establishment Clause because the U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that a school cannot persuade or compel a student to participate in a religious exercise.
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has not resolved whether invocations or prayers at school board meetings violate the Establishment Clause, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will soon decide whether a school board invocation policy violates the Establishment Clause in Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Chino Valley Unified School District Board. The Chino Valley School Board appealed the decision of a U.S. District Court judge who found its school board meetings were “unconstitutional government endorsements of religion.” The Chino Valley policy allowed local clergy members to pray before school board meetings but did not require participation in the prayers. Some school board members went further than the policy allowed by reading Bible passages as part of the school board meeting.
The Supreme Court has established guidelines under the Establishment Clause for school prayer and legislative meetings but has not yet decided whether prayers at school board meetings violate the Establishment Clause. The Ninth Circuit’s upcoming decision on school board prayer may set guidelines for prayers at school board meetings in Alaska. In the meantime, school boards should keep in mind the free speech rights of those who appear at school board meetings and the limitations of the Establishment Clause.
Read the entire series on Freedom of Expression in Schools
Part two: Exceptions to student speech rights under Tinker
By Lea Filippi
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