LWML Prayer Service
“God-Given Hats”
Vocational Prayer Service

by Rev. Kristopher Whitby, LWML Pastoral Counselor (2009-2013)

The theme Scripture passage for this service is 1 Timothy 2:1-4: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Our Lord graciously has called us to various stations in life. They are the “hats we wear” in His world. We are His children, baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection. We daily die to sin and rise as new creatures in Christ. Our Lord blesses us to take this amazing identity as His forgiven children into the vocations to which He has called us. We are members of our families, workers in the workplace, citizens, and members of our communities. Beyond our vocations, by His grace, we are members of the Bride of Christ – His Church, and members of the local gathering of the body of believers, the congregation. This service is designed to give worshipers the opportunity to lift up before our Lord their confessions, their supplications and petitions, and their praises as such prayers relate to the various God-given hats we wear. To Christ be the glory!

Downloads for the 2015 Prayer Service and cover artwork are available below. If you are unable to download the service please contact the LWML Office at or call 1-800-252-5965 to obtain a paper copy. 

How to use the Prayer Service

The Prayer Service is designed to be used at any time, by large or small groups. It is an abbreviated worship service. This material is copyrighted by the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and users agree to use the service in full context, deviating only as the author suggests.

2015 Prayer Service Downloads:

Prayer Service script

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Pastor Kris Whitby has a long-standing connection to the LWML. He has served as pastoral counselor in the Florida-Georgia and Northern Illinois districts before becoming the LWML Pastoral Counselor, 2009-2013. He also met his wonderful wife, Marguerita, at an LWML retreat. His Bible study, “At Table with Jesus,” is available from LWML, and he is a contributor to Mustard Seeds. Pastor Kris currently serves as Senior Pastor at Saint Paul Lutheran Church and School, Mount Prospect, Illinois, and is the North Region Vice President of the LCMS Northern Illinois District.

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