Things to pray for:
- Safety on the worksite
- For the YMO students, staff, and residents of the house(s) to discover or strengthen their relationship with God
- That the community would be able to see God’s presence in the work of the YMO students
- That the YMO students’ relationships with God would continue throughout their lives and not wear off after the trip
- That our work has a positive impact on the community and the residents of the house(s)
- That the parishioners of St. Paul’s and St. James will feel connected to what we are doing on the mission trip, especially for the prayer chain to be connected to the mission trip.
(suggestions from Susan Jeffries)
O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, and the strength of those who labor. We thank you for the blessing of the day and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring them in safety to the morning hours, through him who died and rose for us, your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ Amen
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants, give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness to all you have made. We pray that we are given an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts, we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up of ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days. Amen
Jesus said, “The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall Love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12:29-31
Almighty God, You have created us, redeemed us, and sustain us, for which we are humbly grateful. You created a world for us to inhabit, magnificent in mountains, delicate in dandelions. And you created us in Your image, asking that we love one another as You have loved us. How wonderful is your bounty.
We ask Your care and protection for our young people and adults on this mission trip to Hollywood, South Carolina Each of them heard you call their name and answered, “Here I am, Lord.” Theirs are the eyes with which You look out in compassion on the world. We bless You for directing these ambassadors of your love to this place.
We pray that you guide and direct them as they work by day, and grant them renewal in peaceful sleep. Give them strength and courage as they confront unexpected challenges in a wounded community. Let them show through Your love and power that New Beginnings are possible and through You, faith, hope, and love can conquer everything.
Heavenly Father, we send our brothers and sisters on this mission, entrusting them to your care. We ask for their safe travel, and that You bring them home enriched in their relationships with You, and ever more aware of Your presence everywhere.
All of these we ask in the precious name of Your son and our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen
(Written by Susan Jeffries)
“How good and pleasant a thing it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
Holy Father, We come to you asking your protection and care for the youth and adults serving in Your name. Help them remember that in new and foreign circumstances, You are there; when connecting and working with those they don’t know, that You know them; and when working in difficult conditions, if they tire and are tempted to quit, that You never do. Lord, we ask that you give them clarity of thought for their minds, wisdom of discernment for their words, and sustenance for their souls, all of which only You can provide. We pray this time serving together opens doors leading to new knowledge and love, and that you return them safely to the arms of those who love them. In the name of Jesus, Amen
(written by Sally Monroe)
We Thank you Lord:
For all his gifts so freely bestowed on us,
For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sea and sky,
For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, and all the families in Hollywood, S. Carolina,
For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
For health and strength to love and hands to serve,
For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
For the mission team to bring comfort, care and strength to those they serve, by their being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ,
Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen