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Please read John 14:23-29, the Gospel reading for May 22.
During a time of upheaval and change, Jesus promises to send the Advocate—the Holy Spirit. This Advocate will bring peace and understanding. And, again: peace!
Jesus says: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”(v. 27)
During this time of upheaval in the world and in our lives and during this time of transition at Grace, Christ Jesus promises us the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). This peace of the Holy Spirit guides and guards us. It propels us forward into what God is doing. The Holy Spirit’s peace is the same peace we share with each other and with the world.
During this time of transition at Grace, The Transition Team and I request your prayers. We invite you to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and give us the peace, love, and grace that Grace can share with the community and with the world.
Loving God, be with us and guide us during this time of discernment. Fill our leaders with your wisdom. Keep us mindful of the work you would have us do. Lead us and guide us O Lord to be about the work of your kingdom even as we learn and grow to understand even more about what your kingdom might look like here, among us, now and in the future. Bless all who have taken on extra responsibility, and fill them with a sense of your love and presence. We pray in your Son's name, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Please pray, too, for the work and members of The Grace Lutheran Church Transition Team.
Bob Eskridge, chair
with Pastor Jennifer Obermueller advising
PRAYER FOR THE WORK OF THE TRANSITION TEAM
Almighty God, giver of all good gifts: Look on your Church with grace and guide the minds of those who shall lead our discernment in this time of transition. May we discern our call and ready ourselves to grow in the understanding of your will for this next chapter of our ministry together. Amen.
Look for more information about the Transition Team and process in this issue of Graceline as well as upcoming announcements, in worship, and elsewhere.
Peace be with you!
Yours in Christ, Pastor Jen