A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pastoral Prayer (February 7/Transfiguration Sunday) - Athens First UMC

O Lord, what a simple prayer that is. “Lord, we want to be a Christian in our heart, in our heart.” May this be true for each of us on this Transfiguration Sunday.

Help us to be shining examples of your love in all that we say and do. When people meet us grieving, may they go away rejoicing because of your love that shines in our hearts.

Thank you for the opportunities that we have everyday to be share your love with the people we meet. We especially thank you for Kappa Phi and for how they are a shining example of your love on campus and here in our community.

We lift up to you those who are facing different kinds of darkness in their lives…for the young man who is looking for work, for the father whose heart aches for his son, for woman facing surgery, for the student who is still unsure of her major, for the soldier who is serving in harm’s way, for the worship guest who is searching for a church home, and for the church member who is trying to decide if she will join one of the new small groups.

O Lord, no matter what darkness or decisions we may face, help us to remember this special Sunday when Christ was transfigured on the mountain. May the light of Christ shine brightly on all of your people, and may it lead us to offer you worship and praise.

And now with the confidence of the children of God, we pray the words that you have taught us, The Lord’s Prayer…

“Our Father, who art in heaven…”

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