Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Sunday, August 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, as people come to worship this weekend may they be looking for more than friends, a worship folder, a cup of coffee, a certain song or type of music, their favorite parking place and—of course—their favorite seat in the worship center. May they even be looking for more than first-time guests. May they be looking for, longing for, and finding Jesus—the only true bread of life. May I in the way I conduct worship, deliver Your revelation during my sermon, and fellowship with the people present myself in a manner that helps them see Jesus. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, is it the weekend again? Am I ready to finish this week and anticipate the next week? Is school starting back soon? Most especially, will I go to church this Sunday? If so, who will I be looking for? Will I be looking for friends, for first-time guests, for my favorite person to sing, for the greeter whose smile I always enjoy, or will I be looking for Jesus? I know the right answer is Jesus but help that be a genuine motivation for huddling in Your house of worship this weekend. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.