There are probably few of us at Roswell Presbyterian Church (RPC) who have not felt saddened and perhaps even frustrated during the course of the last few years as we've experienced changes in Pastors and Staff at our church. And while change is ultimately good, it makes God's people a bit nervous as we live through it.
Now we are preparing for the biggest change we've had in our Church Office since 1994, as our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) searches for a new Senior Pastor. It is an exciting time for RPC as we look to the future of who we will become as a congregation, but it is a bit overwhelming as we consider the task of finding just the right person to lead us. More than ever, we must turn to God in prayer as He guides this process. Paul tells us in Colossians 4:2, "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving."
Therefore, let's pray for our Pastors and staff, the PNC and Session, our church and one another as we go through this time of discernment. We will be engaged in daily devotion and prayer over the next 30 days. We invite you to join us.
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If you have any questions about the 30-Day Prayer Devotional, contact Emily Smith, 770-617-6438.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. - 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
Dear Lord, we lift to you the people who work at Roswell Presbyterian Church. We pray to you for the Pastors and Staff who work so diligently at their jobs each day so that our church can continue to be a beacon of hope in and around Roswell and the world. We pray that as they do their work, our Pastors and Staff would be reminded that they do so for your glory, Lord. Whether they are preparing sermons, making copies, planning lessons, or vacuuming carpets, remind them that their labor goes to further your kingdom. We pray that in being so reminded, Lord, our Pastors and Staff would be renewed in their strength and their abilities and that they would not feel tired or overwhelmed, but joyful in their work.
We pray also for the members of the PNC as they work many hours outside of their regular jobs and responsibilities and spend many extra hours away from their families. We pray that the PNC would also be reminded that their task is truly one by which to honor you. Grant them time, focus, and energy to devote to this awesome responsibility and discernment in reviewing candidates and the strength to stand firm as they do so.
In your name we pray, AMEN.