We come to you today with hearts full of wonder for your magnificent works, full of praise for your endless blessings, and for appreciation for all that you have given us.
From the beginning of your creation story you have worked your divine plan which included giving us unique gifts which you intended us to use to further your kingdom here on earth. reminds us that these gifts work together to make up the Christian body. But we acknowledge that these gifts are only useful if they are used in a way that brings honor and glory to you.
We are especially thankful for pastor Craig Ham who has endeavored to faithfully use his gifts of preaching, of music and knowledge to teach and to lead us to become your disciples. We know that this road that Craig has chosen to follow is at times rough and confusing. At times he probably feels lost and very alone wondering if his work is making anyone a disciple for you.
However, Craig is trusting and obedient to you, knowing that you are with him every step of the journey. So, he soldiers on, fully clothed in the armor of God, enduring in his commitment and service to you. What an incredibly example of love for us that are trying so hard to grow in our faith.
So we say thank you for pastor Craig and for his ministry. We ask you to continue to bless him and Marla who you have also blessed with incredible gifts. May their partnership in ministry continue to bear fruit in ways that glorify you. Father help us to support Craig to help him fully develop as your servant of love.
In Christ’s name, Amen
Prayer written by Danny O’Byrne, Mike Smith and Dan Strong
12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)