A Priest, One Who Serves

You came from among us to be, for, one who serves.  We thank you for ministering Christ to us and helping us minister Christ to each other.
We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our community;

               for drawing us together in worship
                for visiting us in our home
                for comforting us in sickness
                for showing us compassion
                for blessing our marriage
                for baptizing our children,
                for confirming us in our calling
                for supporting us in bereavement
                for helping us to grow in faith
                for encouraging us to take the initiative
                for helping the whole community realize
               God’s presence among us.

For our part, we pray that we may always be attentive to your needs and never take you for granted. You, like us, need friendship and love, welcome and a sense of belonging, kind words and acts of thoughtfulness.  We pray, also, for the priests who have wounded the priesthood.  May we be willing to forgive and may they be open to healing.  Let us support one another during times of crisis.

God our Father, we ask you to bless our Priests and confirm them in their calling.  Give them the gifts they need to respond with generosity and a joyful heart.  We offer this prayer for our priest, who is our brother and friend.