Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The Fourth Sunday of April 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, as I proclaim Your Living Word—Jesus the Christ—this weekend, I am reminded of Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, who declared to the Jewish leaders that Jesus is the cornerstone rather than the rejected stone. There is no other name under heaven given to humankind by which we may inherit eternal life. I rejoice in this reality. My heart even skips a beat, my breathing is momentarily heavy as I am impacted by this great truth. May I preach Your Word with great passion this weekend in realization of the meaning the offer of eternal life for all. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, it has been three weeks since Easter. What a celebration it was for me and my congregation. I was reminded anew of the exhilaration I felt that day when considering my eternal life in Christ Jesus made possible by His resurrection. We are, indeed, resurrected to new life in You. May I never lose my passion for Christ. May my congregation always strive to be a fellowship of followers of Jesus Christ who invite others into an eternal relationship with You. May we truly be Easter people. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.