On Sunday we celebrated our patronal festival (i.e. the saint we're named after). Ours is one of the view who precedes Jesus' earthly existence. I loved the prayers led by Diane in the morning. Here they are:
Dear Father in Heaven
We thank you for this church and for the life & inspiration that St John the Baptist gives us.
A voice cries out, "In the desert, prepare a way for the Lord".
May we take the reason we have been called seriously – and make the most of our lives in every aspect.
Wherever we encounter that desert may we be ready and equipped to share the treasure we have.
We thank you for the faith and lives of those who have worshipped here in the past.
We give you thanks that we have the privilege of serving here now.
And we pray for those who succeed us in the future.
May all who come here seeking you, find you . . . and discover your blessing of peace.
We pray that we may live faithfully, As useful & dependable witnesses –
Showing others in our communities and our benefice our sincere love for each other.
Therefore, we ask you to renew and develop in us today a love for one another that honours the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Picture : Pastor Greg UMC
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