Prayer for “singles” – not the 7″ 45 rpm discs I remember (so last century), but presumably those who are not in a marriage/partnership/family relationship. I suppose that includes young adults who have left home and have gone to live and work or study away from their family. It might include some who are “looking for love” but being single includes divorcees, widows, widowers, and those who have chosen the single life. For some being single is a temporary state of transition, for others a natural state of being and for yet others it is something to be lamented. It would be too easy to assume that being single is automatically a problem. What comes to mind when you hear the word “single”? Loneliness, independence, uniqueness?
I think it is appropriate to pray for singles as a counter to the assumption that everyone lives in a family. After all, we put on special “family services” in church; I have yet to hear of a “singles service” – sounds too much like a dating service!
Almighty and eternal God, sanctify and govern our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that under your protection, now and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from the Book of Common Prayer, contemporary version)