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

Monday, May 14, 2018

Pastoral Prayer (May 13) Athens First UMC

[During worship yesterday, we announced that a staff member, Rick Seiter will become the pastor of Chesterhill UMC on July 1. He will continue to serve as pastor of Pisgah UMC as well as serve on the staff of Athens First. Since he will be pastoring two churches, he will not be available at our church on Sundays but his responsibilities with us will remain the same. We announced two months ago that our Office Manager, Jenaye Hill agreed to become the pastor of Union UMC & New Marshfield UMC. Our goal is to form a partnership with our five churches. Pray for God to open up opportunities for our churches to share in ministry together. Click here for yesterday’s sermon.]

Risen Christ, thank you for the good news of Easter and the empty tomb. Thank you for the many signs of your presence during this Easter season.

Help us to be patient this week as we wait upon your Holy Spirit to come upon us when we gather here next week for Pentecost Sunday. As we wait upon your Holy Spirit to fall afresh on us, we lift up to you all of those who are in particular need of you this day. 

On this Mothers’ Day, we especially lift up to you our mothers who have given us life and love.

We pray for mothers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope.

We pray for women, though without children of their own, who like mothers have nurtured and cared for us.

We pray for mothers, who have been unable to be a source of strength, who have not responded to their children and have not sustained their families.

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over each and every one of us. 

We pray this in the name of the Risen and Ascended Christ who taught us to pray together saying…

“Our Father, who art in heaven…”

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