Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Sunday Before Thanksgiving, November 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I am eternally thankful for my relationship with You because of Jesus the Christ—the Living Word, Your Son. I am thankful for my call to Christian ministry. I am thankful for the people of the church You have called me to serve. I am thankful for the opportunity to speak words of faith, hope, and love to them this Sunday. I am thankful for those to whom a faithful share words of eternal life who respond as a result of the movement of Your Holy Spirit in their lives. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, I am already getting anxious—both positively and negatively—about Christmas. May I take a deep breath and spend this Sunday and the coming week in a spirit of thankfulness for You, my life in Christ, my family, and my friends. All creation comes from You. All beauty comes from You. All love comes from You. All peace comes from You. Oh, how grateful I am for all of these. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.