Good Friday morning from the LPD, on this weekend of the second week of
Advent and Christmas are both special and hectic times for pastors and
churches. No matter how much we plan in advance, and no matter how well we
prepare, life and ministry happen and there are unanticipated demands upon
us. There are needs in families. There are needs in our communities. There
are deaths and funerals. People reach out for spiritual care, and we need to
be there in the Name of Christ.
I recently came across a prayer for pastors at Christmas. I have adapted it
and share it with you as my prayer for you, fellow pastors and church
leaders at this season.
Gracious God, whose coming we celebrate during Advent and Christmas, may You
come swiftly and powerfully to the pastors and the people of our district
churches, and those in your wider Kingdom. Please protect those who are
traveling, guide those who lead, comfort those who grieve, and strengthen
those who are weakened by illness, by heartache, or by discouragement.
Especially I pray, O blessed Lord, that You may bring JOY into the lives and
ministry of our pastors. Let their preparations for worship services be
blessed with responsive congregations and visitors. Let their sermons be
filled with the power of Your Holy Spirit speaking working through them, and
may they have the JOY of directing people to you, the author and provider of
good news of great joy, through the gift of your Son. Let their hectic
times be balanced with times of peace and reflection. Let their ministry
during this Advent and Christmas time bear the fruit of the JOY of this
season – not just for those they lead, but also for themselves and their
And may You, O God, grant each pastor a time of personal respite and renewal
during the afterglow of Christmas, so that Christmas JOY may be fully born
in each one of their hearts this season.
I ask these things, most Gracious God, in the name of the One whose coming
we celebrate, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Adapted from prayer of Bishop Mike Coyner, UMC, Indiana, USA)
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