Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The First Sunday of May 2018

A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, help me proclaim the words this weekend inspired in me by the Holy Spirit. May I also connect culturally with the hearers in my presence. With this weekend being the annual running of the Kentucky Derby horse race, may I help my congregation see that the running the spiritual race that is set before us is more fulfilling than the beauty of the greatest horse race of the modern age.  May we all press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, Yit is finally Spring. I celebrate the beauty You created throughout Your world. This weekend I see my Latino friends celebrating Cinco de Mayo. My horse racing friends celebrating the running of the Kentucky Derby. I am drawn into this excitement. Yet I know they do not bring me ultimate fulfillment. I know my greatest fulfillment is pressing on toward the prize of Your high calling in Christ Jesus. May that be my goal for this weekend. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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