Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Third Sunday, July 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, just as Jesus sent out his disciples two-by-two to be a witness to the plan and person of redemption offered by You, so may our congregation express our commitment to the mission of God by sending out people two-by-two, in small groups, in large groups to be a witness of the Your unconditional love possible only through Jesus the Christ. May we pray that they may be received by those to whom they are sent so that all might have eternal life. May I preach, teach, and model the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, all around me I see reports and I talk with people who are sent out by their congregation during the summer to be a witness of Your love. I praise You for sending them, and I rejoice in their willingness to go. May they be received by those to whom You have sent them. May those sent include me also. May I be willing to go where You want me to go to be a witness of Your forgiveness and grace. May I be passionate about being a witness for You in my home, my community, my workplace, and the marketplace. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.