Here’s a pastoral prayer based on Luke 24 and I John 3. It was written by Nancy C. Townley.
(based on Luke 24:36-48, 1 John 3:1-7)
Lord of Dawn and Darkness,
how grateful we are for your loving mercies.
You saw our fear and doubt, our suspicion, our mistrust,
and you banished them from our lives,
replacing them with hope, peace, love, and joy.
You called us to be your witnesses, to all the world,
unafraid of what others might think or say about us.
We have been invited out of our darkened hideaways,
into the light of your world as emissaries of hope and justice,
peace and compassion.
Be with us, as we participate in ministries of healing and hope
through this church, in our community, region, nation, and world.
Give us courage and strength to be your disciples
in all the circumstances of our lives;
for we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
— written by Nancy C. Townley, and posted on the Worship Connection page of the Ministry Matters website.