By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Almighty and Loving Father,
We praise you for the pouring out of your Holy Spirit to establish the church on the day of Pentecost.
To you and you alone be the glory, now and always.
We confess that as your church, we are broken and sinful, yet in Christ we are also forgiven.
For your forgiveness, we are truly grateful. We are also thankful for the many blessings that you have poured out on us as a church. For in Christ, we are able to undertake ministry that would be impossible for us as individuals.
We ask now, Lord, for your strength to carry on with the mission that you have given us, even as many changes are taking place. As Jesus said: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21 ESV)
In the power of your Holy Spirit, protect us from being diverted to other missions and especially from the spirit of the day who harries us relentlessly.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Prayer for the Local Church
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