A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
I look up to the mountains - does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
As the people of this world continue to look around in fear and ask, "who will fix this?", we set our gaze up to the hills. We know where our help comes from. Lord, we know it is only from you, the mighty one who created not only us, but the heavens and the earth itself. How can we be afraid? We pray for the Pastors and Staff of Roswell Presbyterian Church, Lord, that as they are called upon to answer difficult questions, to guide and lead your people, that they would be assured of your help. That as the emails pile up in the Inbox, the phone blinks with unheard messages, the To-Do List goes unchecked, that our Pastors and Staff would have peace in knowing that it is you who will sustain them; it is your help that will get them through. Assure them that you will not let them stumble, but that you watch each of them and keep them from harm. As they come and go, bless our Pastors and Staff and shore them up by your Holy Spirit. Bless the time they spend with others, soothe their relationships with their friends, their families, their spouses, and their children. Lord, remind them that you care for them always, and that your protection never slumbers nor sleeps.
Lord, we pray for our PNC, that they know that it is you, always by their side and that you protect them day and night from harm. When they feel overwhelmed or lost, Lord, we pray our PNC would remember to look to you; that they would raise their eyes and be assured by your Holy presence. Grant them an internal peace as their job comes to conclusion, Lord, that they would have full assurance that the candidate they place before us is yours.
And God, we give thanks for the person who is the candidate for Senior Pastor of RPC. We pray for our candidate's faith, that it would always be firmly rooted in you. We pray for our candidate's compassion for others and his or her ability to love the people of this congregation and our mission partners - and Lord, may we show your love to our candidate in return. We pray that you would continue to be with us all as we make this pilgrimage, as we take this journey toward a new chapter in the life of this church.
In your name we pray, AMEN.
** We will continue the Prayer Devotional for RPC through Sunday, November 20, specifically in light of the exciting news that the PNC has unanimously approved a candidate for nomination as RPC's next Senior Pastor and the Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, November 20 immediately following the 11:15 a.m. worship service.
We follow the next week with some Give Thanks! devotions and then we will start Advent with our scratch-off Advent 2016 Calendar.
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If you have any questions about the 30-Day Prayer Devotional, contact Emily Smith, 770-617-6438.