Saturday, February 2, 2008

Opening Prayer For Annual Meeting

God of the seasons turning,
another year has come and gone and once again we gather for the Annual Meeting of this Congregation.
To this place we bring all the celebrations and hardships, the joys and the sorrows of the past 12 months.
Here we pause to remember those whose lives we have celebrated as we said the last farewell of death. (pause)
Here we remember the highlights of the year: Harvest and Ham suppers, An Evening of Singing, worship and picnic out at the lake, friends gathering together to share stories and reflections of faith. (pause)

Here also we gather to look forward to what the coming years have in store.
We know that they will not always be easy, that life will always have a mixture of easy and difficult.
As we meet and discuss the life and work of this part of your family we pray that you would be a part of our discussion.
May your Spirit move in our hearts, opening them to hear what each of us has to offer, bringing light to both possibilities and realities, drawing us always to consider what you would have us be and do in this time and place.
Remind us that we are called to be bearers of Christ’s life, light, and love to all we meet.
Help us to live in such a way that we draw closer to your vision for us and journey faithfully in your Way.

In this time together we celebrate the many gifts we all have to offer.
Help us offer what we can to your service and your glory, mindful of our great giftedness in so many ways throughout our lives.
These things we pray in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the one we call Christ, in whose name and hope we gather together as a community.
Amen.

19 comments:

Barbara Harris said...

Thanks, with your kind permission, I will adapt this for our Annual Meeting.
Barbara Harris, St. Mark's Upland, CA

Anonymous said...

I too with your permission will use this for our Annual Meeting. Thank you for your beautiful words.
Victoria Harriss-Provost
Senior Warden
St. Stephen's, Lynn, MA

Anonymous said...

Gord, thank-you for posting your prayers! With your permission, I would like to use this prayer for our meeting this week.

Katherine - Canada

Anonymous said...

hi - I adapted this for use at our annual meeting, in Kentville, NS. Thanks for this lovely prayer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this wonderful prayer. With your permission, I will use it for our annual meeting. Peace
Wanda, NY state

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! This is the perfect prayer for our annual business meeting! With your permission, we will also use it as part of our church business meeting.

Grace in Jesus,
Pastor Adams

Gord said...

PAstor Adams,
go ahead. I post these for others to use if they find them helpful

Anonymous said...

I am so grateful for your words and your welcome gift of sharing this. Just when I need it most the inspiration of others comes into my life.
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks and a great resource. It is inspiring. I wish to use it with permission after adapting it. Dom.

Gord said...

Feel free Dom.

Anonymous said...

I would like to use your prayer, with some adaptations, at our AGM....with your permission. Thank-you so much for your inspirational, and very applicable, words. Corina (PEI)

Gord said...

Glad it is of help Corina

Anonymous said...

Gord, thank you for this opening prayer. with your permission I would likee to use it as a template while using a portion of it at the meeting.

Gord said...

feel free!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! May I use this for our annual meeting at St. Peter's, Hillsdale, MI?

Gord said...

By all means!

Fr. Osita's Blog said...

Thanks the permiting others to use this beautiful prayer Gord. I'll be adopting it for our AGM.

Osita. BC, Canada

Gail Hagerty said...

I'd also like to adapt this for the annual meeting at Grace Lutheran in Driscoll, ND.

Gord said...

Feel free Gail