We received some troubling news yesterday concerning a pastor friend.
Let us pray.
Ever-living God, strengthen and sustain pastors...that with patience and understanding they may love and care for your people. Grant that together they may follow in the way of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
Gracious Father, we pray for your holy catholic church. Fill it with all truth and peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2006) 73.
Picture from Dawes Fine Art.