Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Third Sunday, August 2018

A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, our church location is becoming more diverse. People other than “our kind of people” increasingly live in our community. Yet our congregation remains more like the people it has always looked like. Give me the words, the stories, the illustrations, and the courage to challenge my congregation to reach out to all people You created. May all become followers of Jesus the Christ. May our congregation be more reflective of our context. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, I was reading the story of Jesus and the Samaritan women at the well. It caused me to think about the fact that the schools in our community are becoming more diverse racially, ethnically, and socio-economically. But our church is not. Is this right? Should our church be more reflective of our community context? I suspect I already know the answer to that question. May I act on the conviction of helping our congregation be more inclusive. In the name so Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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