April 9, 2013

A Prayer for Pastors

Bishop Mike Coyner, Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, uses the occasion of the suicide of the son of Pastor Mike Warren to remind us that "Pastors Are Human, Too."  He concludes his E-pistle with a prayer:

O Lord, we thank You for those who have heard Your call into ministry in various settings. We pray that You will uplift them with a sense of the importance of their work, and we pray that those to whom they minister will bless them and thank them for their ministry. Strengthen our clergy, O Lord, and give them Your peace which passes all understanding and which sustains us even when others do not offer such peace. This prayer is offered in the name and spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the source of our ministry. Amen.