For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. - Exodus 20:11
Saturday is a day of rest for our Pastors and Staff and a day for them to be with their families and friends before Sunday. We know, however, that in the backs of their minds they are also probably thinking about all that must be done for worship tomorrow. They are getting ready and preparing, even if it is only in thought. We pray that on their day of rest, our Pastors and Staff will be overwhelmed by your peace; we pray that they can be confident that the many volunteers and hands at RPC will assist them in all that must be done to ready for study and celebrate worship. Help our Pastors and Staff to focus on their rest and to take time to nurture themselves spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Bless the time they have alone and the time they share with their families and friends. Set it aside for them as special time and help it to renew and restore them so they can return to their work refreshed.
We pray for rest also for our PNC members, that they would be given a time away from the work they have set out to do in their search. Provide them with a special time of rest so that they may focus on renewing themselves spiritually, emotionally, and physically as well. Bless their time so that they may return to their committee with new ideas, greater insight, patience with the process, and a sense of your purpose and will in their work.
In your name we pray, AMEN.