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January 7, 2018 - Dedication Prayer of Pastoral Servants

posted Jan 20, 2018, 5:42 PM by Grant Garber   [ updated Feb 3, 2018, 8:29 AM by FBCrin Booth ]
Upon the retirement of Pastor Jim at the end of 2017, FBC finds itself in the position of searching for a new lead pastor.
In the interim, five lay leaders have volunteered to fill the pulpit and assume pastoral duties until God reveals His choice
for our new pastor.  On January 7, 2018, a dedication ceremony was held for these lay leaders, our Minister of Music,
and our new Family Minister.  The following prayer of dedication was offered as part of this service.  We share it here
in hopes that, in addition to ministering to our own church family, it may provide inspiration and guidance for you,
wherever you are in your walk with the Lord.



      On this day of dedication, O Holy God, we raise our spirits to You and ask Your blessing upon us.  As we remember our true calling--to serve and glorify You, we thank You , and ask for You to bless in a mighty way, all those in our church who minister to us.  Those in the church office who work tirelessly;  the support staff and volunteers who keep our buildings safe and beautiful; for our technicians who help us hear and see during worship;  our dedicated teachers and small group leaders who present Your Word with warmth, humor and grace; for our dedicated professional staff--special protection and favor we pray for Rex and Tim; thank you for Caryl, whose music leads us to worship You;  those volunteers on the committees and  boards, and those are chairing our boards  who comprise the Board of Managers - be present in all meetings that have oversight - grant them wisdom as well as skill and knowledge. We thank You for these mentioned ; but also for all who perform the "behind the scene" deeds to help weave this church together in strength. For their steady and quiet work we say thank you to them, and to You for Your provision of them. Bless all those who minister here in any way, Sunday after Sunday, to Your purpose and for the glory of Your name.

  

     Holy God, We know You hold a special charge to leaders in Your church.  We come to You now asking a special outpouring of love and grace on these 5 men who have answered Your call to service in ministering to this congregation.  They have been faithful and honest through prayer and are willing to give of themselves during this interim to lead us.  We the congregation can have peace, knowing they will be diligent in service, because we have seen them in action before, and have received the benefits of their service in times past. We know they will be creative in thought, and open to Your leading. We know their words will be formed by Your Word, and they will be strengthened by worship. Thank You Holy Father for these men! They are hopeful in their outlook, and they are joyous in practice! We know they will do all within their power, and with Your grace, to be faithful to the tasks to which You have called them. May You anoint them with  physical strength, courage, compassion, joy, and wisdom in the tasks before them.

 

Loving God, with You as our strength, may we as a congregation, commit ourselves to joining these men in being the Church-gathering for worship, prayer, and study and then scattering for witness, love and service. May Your strength of purpose be upon us all, and may we find the call for our own rededication to the life and faith in Christ.  During this time of renewal, help us to grow. We ask you, Holy God, to bless the spiritual health of our whole congregation. Let Love abound! Give us a spirit of devotion to Your people and move us to cling to one another in times of gladness and affliction.  Thank You for those who came before us in this place- building the building, furnishing it down to hymn books in pews. Let us not take for granted all the hopes and cares so many have poured into this congregation.

 

Help us now run with patience the race that is before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  Faithful God, give us Your sustaining power, and grant us the strengthening presence of the Holy Spirit in whatever challenges await us. It is through  Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray, Amen.


"May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful"