Pastoral Prayer - 11 May 2014 PM (Mother's Day)
Strengthener of the weak; fortifier of the faithful, rescuer of the wayward, restorer of the repentant; we lift up our hearts and eyes and voices proclaiming that your steadfast love is good and endures forever. It is you who does great wonders, so that by your most holy, wise and powerful preserving you govern all your creatures and all our actions; we delight in you that your steadfast love is good and endures forever. It is you who delivers your people from their enemies, elevating them from their low estate in due time, drawing them from the miry bog and setting their feet on a rock; we rejoice that your steadfast love is good and endures forever!
O LORD Most High, you are to be feared for you are the great king over all the earth; bring all peoples of every nation and land to clap their hands, to shout to God with loud songs of joy; bring the princes of the peoples to gather as the people of the God of Abraham, for you reign over the nations, you sit on your holy throne (Psalm 47)! O Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray on behalf of your Church world-over; this congregation; Allen Chapel AME Church; Avery Chapel AME; Collins Community AME Church, First AME Church; as well as our Chaplains – Maj. Mike Keifman; Capt. Chris Bryan; LTC John Routzahn; Civilian Chaplain Chris Jennings; LTC Tom McCort; Capt. Bryan Weaver; and Maj. John Lim. Give us the grace and strength to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have called us, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4.1-3). O Lord, hear our prayer.