Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Third Sunday of Advent, December 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, we rejoice in our relationship with you. We celebrate all day, every day the joy of the Lord. May always my message and my manner this day of worship show the joy of the Lord. May I project not worry but happiness. Not discontentment but perfect peace in the Lord. May my congregation have a joyful expectation of the birth of the Christ child. May all I do point them to Your unconditional love as expressed in Jesus the Christ. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, for some reason as I go about my days during this season, I cannot get the song “Joy to the World” out of my mind. When I think about you, your unconditional love, the birth of Jesus, the example of His life, his sacrifice for me, and his resurrection pointing us to eternal life, it makes sense that this message of great joy for all people rings in my ears. May I worship this weekend with a heart that leaps with joy. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.