Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is constantly at work in creation, renewing and nurturing human beings through all stages of life. This beautiful collection of fresh, new services and prayers, addressing a breadth of pastoral needs long neglected in most Christian traditions, is ideal for family, home, and church use. Prayers for the Transitions of Childhood, including moving from a crib to a bed, becoming a big brother or sister, learning to ride a bike, and becoming a reader, Prayers and Rites for the Transitions of Young Adulthood, including reaching puberty, dating relationships, graduating from high school, a rite of passage for young people and their parents, a rite celebrating a significant birthday, and the blessing of a betrothal, Prayers and a Rite for the Transitions of Midlife, including beginning or ending a job, returning to a community of faith, healing after divorce, and taking care of elder parents, Prayers and a Rite for the Transitions of Elders, acknowledging the gifts of wisdom and experience of senior members of the community of faith, Prayers for National Service, for those who serve and for their families, Prayers and a Rite for Remembering the Departed, acknowledging the pastoral need to deal with stages of grief and mourning following the death of a loved one. These prayers and rites, developed for use in the Episcopal Church, are sure to enrich the lives of congregations, families, and individuals in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Book jacket.Church Publishing is the author of 'Changes Prayers and Services Honoring Rites of Passage', published 2007 under ISBN 9780898695410 and ISBN 0898695414.