Mission Trip Celebration
Please receive the gifts we have brought to our worship this morning, God, and see that they are used wisely and well, to further the best and most significant work of Christ’s church. We are deeply honored by the efforts of our young people who worked on our behalf – and yours—this past week in Houston. They have offered themselves for significant purposes and a mission greater than themselves. We are honored, God, to witness and support their idealism, their industry, their faithfulness, and their love for you and others.
And we pray that you may lead us all to fully understand what service may be entailed in our role as your people. And when we set out in service to you, let our motives be rightly focused:
If we are fearful that we lack the stature, the strength, the wisdom or the will to do the work to which your people are called, then show us we are not too small or insignificant to make a difference.
If we are less forgiving than we should be, less caring, less involved, less hopeful, less helpful – then we ask that you intervene to wake us to your vision for our lives. Focus us on all you hold to be
Share our prosperity, and lessen the pangs of poverty.
Comfort the grieving, and reorient the lost.
Restore confidence, and overcome despair.
Encourage cooperation, and diminish contention.
Conquer cynicism, and reclaim your dreams for us.
Remember your call, and honor it with our commitment and loyalty.
Let us play our part, we pray, in bringing to reality your great dream for a realm on earth where Christ’s love reigns supreme. As followers of your Son, we would be his faithful, diligent agents. Let us all walk his path, speak with his words, and love with his heart. We pray all these things in Christ’s name today, using his very words, as we say together now… Lord’s Prayer.