Our church, together with a couple others in our area, are beginning to plan a "coming home" prayer service. The main impetus for this is that a young person in our congregation ran away from home over the summer, and her parents still can't find her. So, the service is first of all a time to come together to pray for this family, and to pray that this teenager would come home.
But we also decided to expand the service to include prayer for people we love who need to "come home" in other ways, too: those who have strayed from the faith, those who are in estranged relationships, etc.
As this is a very delicate topic, we want to make sure that we plan wisely and sensitively.
Has anybody planned or participated in a service like this before? Are there any resources or model prayer services you could point us to? Any other ideas or suggestions?