Author(s): Rosalie May Sugrue
This easy-to-use book includes special prayers - for children, teamwork, families, confession, inclusiveness, church, enlightenment, advent, Lent, before a meeting, before a service, house blessing and natural disasters - as well as dialogues suitable for reading aloud, and reflections on wisdom, journeys and aging.
“Rosalie Sugrue’s imagination, insight and teaching skills enliven this material. If you are looking for stories, prayers and liturgies to introduce or lead worship, focused on the history of women in the Bible, Sophia & Daughters has strong feminist imagery and reference. Here is a sequence of neglected and fascinating records of Biblical women extended into dramatic stories. At the same time, the worship resources are firmly set in a Southern hemisphere context which is user-friendly and address the church year as well as special occasion services. The format will stimulate participation, provide a sense of drama or simply create space for meditative prayer. Use this and see!” — Shirley Erena Murray, hymn writer
Rosalie May Sugrue - wife, mother and grandmother - has worked as a psychiatric nurse, primary school teacher and Dunedin motelier, and has held a number of voluntary positions including National President of the NZ Lay Preachers Association and National Programme Convenor of the NZ Methodist Women's Fellowship. Now retired to the Kapiti Coast, Rosalie is the Wellington District Convenor of MWF and an active lay preacher. She has written plays, poems, prayers and Bible puzzles, as well as articles in church magazines and devotional anthologies in New Zealand, Canada, the UK and America. Her most recent writing venture is a novel co-authored with son Troy: The League of Lilith (2012), a modern day thriller that juxtaposes women in pre-quake Christchurch with the lives of women in Scripture.