Call on Me

A Prayer Book for Young People

Jenifer Gamber, Sharon Ely Pearson

May/2012, 136 Pages, Paperback, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9780819228345



First exclusively Episcopal prayer book for youth

This prayer book designed for teens draws from the Book of Common Prayer, relevant prayers written by well known Episcopalians, and ancient prayers rooted in the Bible. New and original prayers are also offered, written by contemporary church leaders in the Episcopal Church, as well as by teens themselves, young adults and youth leaders. The book is structured in four parts:

    • Daily Prayer. Including morning prayer, table blessings, and night time.

    • Prayers for the Seasons of the Church Year. Blessing of a Christmas tree, prayer for Christ in my life for Easter, prayer for courage to share my faith, and more.

    • Prayers for Daily Life. Before a special school event, before a sports event, before a test, being left out, bullying, dating, divorce, doubts, forgiveness, friendship, gratitude, grief, guidance, hope, motivation, peer pressure, pets, purpose, and more.

    • Prayers for Important Events. Significant birthday, earning a driver’s license, Confirmation, beginning the school year, starting high school, applying for college, graduating high school, going to college, joining the workforce.

Jenifer Gamber is a trusted author of several bestselling books for youth in the Episcopal Church, including My Faith, My Life and Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People. She is a sought-after speaker on topics related to Christian formation, teen spirituality, and Christian parenting. She serves as chaplain at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School and assistant rector at St. Patrick’s Parish in Washington, DC, where she lives.

Sharon Ely Pearson a retired Christian educator, editor, and author with 35-plus years of experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory, and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of published curricula across the church, she has written or edited numerous books. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

"Call On Me is an excellent resource both for those who are new to the Book of Common Prayer and those who have lived with the BCP their entire lives. I am reminded of why we do what we do in liturgy – thanks for the refresher! Call On Me marks the rhythm of our days – those sacred moments, the everyday moments, and everything in between. The prayers are beautifully written and created with much care and concern for our young people. I am thankful that families and teens have this “gold mine” of prayers at their fingertips. Call On Me is the book I always wanted and needed as a youth minister!"—Sara Bailey, Director of Youth Ministries at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro, NC and Lead Consultant for Youth Ministry Architects.

"Call on Me belongs on the bookshelf of every youth, parent, youth minister and clergy of the Church. It is a rich resource for personal devotion, corporate worship and formation purposes. Praying does shape believing. This book will be instrumental in deepening the faith of all those who use it."—The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior, Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

"Jenifer and Sharon know the beauty and transforming power of prayer, and it shows. Call on Me invites and guides young readers to engage with God in and around the events of their everyday lives. The frank teaching and prayers, written in the first-person and often drawn from ancient mystics, meet the challenge of finding a relevant rhetoric for timeless truths."—Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership, Virginia Theological Seminary

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