Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Prayer for a Time of Transition

When aren't we in transition? This is my question!

The following is a beautiful prayer written by Cindy Boggs and the Transition Team at the Church of St. Phillips, in North Minneapolis.

Our parish is awaiting a new priest to lead us. In the meantime, we wait, we pray, we celebrate who we are NOW - as Church, as family, as God's people, who have the greatest kind of leadership this earth has known in one called, "Christ."
Thank God for the Holy Spirit, that helps fuse our gifts and the Divine In-Dwelling, to know we are enough now, beloved now, as we live into this uncertain future - one held by God, by Love.



Ever-living, ever-loving God,
We thank you for the gift of your love,
and for the joy of sharing that love with others,
in and through this faith community.
We thank you for the pastoral leaders
and dedicated parishioners
who have gone before us.
We know that it is because of their devoted prayer
and hard work over the past one-hundred years,
that we are able worship you here today
in this holy place, on this sacred ground.
We pray for courage and strength,
for energy and enthusiasm
to carry on your mission,
particularly during this time of waiting.
We ask you to fill us with hope
and to inspire us with trust.
Send us your Spirit, renew our hearts,
and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
Sustain us during this time of waiting and change.
Open our minds and ready our hearts
to receive and to warmly welcome a new pastor.
Whomever you are preparing to come to us,
bless him and keep him,
encourage him to respond soon,
and with a full and enthusiastic 'yes'!
God of all goodness,
giver of all that is good and holy,
we ask this through your Son Jesus Christ,
our Lord.

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