I was assigned last Saturday to lead the prayers for the End-of-the Year Townhall Meeting-and I was inspired to write this prayer-which is a sort-of concatenation of traditional and contemporary prayers and passages from the Psalms, Corinthians and Ephesians and intersperse with my thoughts adjusted for our situation :
Father, all powerful and ever-living God, -Source of All Blessing, we desire your presence here today.
God our Father,
fountain and source of our salvation,
may we proclaim your glory every day of our lives,
For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
Oh Lord – we place ourselves—the men and women of Corporate Business Group- in your presence to celebrate the achievements of the past year.
As we gather, we are remember the words of your Apostle Paul:
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works in all of … Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit in these various gifts is given for the common good. (I. Cor. 12: 4-7).
We celebrate the capacity for creativity, for critical thinking, for focused effort of our friends and colleagues.
For the Open-hearted guidance and encouragement of our leaders – We know that -You, O God, are the source of inspiration, the spark that urges us all on to excellence-whether we acknowledge it or not.
We also thank you for our families and friends that offer emotional and spiritual support.
For the brief time today of fellowship and nourishment –May your Spirit sustains and enlivens us .
O God, you sustain all of us at every moment, as we work and worry, and as we rejoice and celebrate! As we celebrate them today, we ask that you bless and guide our lives.
We continue to pray that we may use our many gifts of intellect, heart, and soul to address the challenges our company – Yes even our countrymen- as we bring a better present and a better future worthy of your coming kingdom.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Lord, we praise you with our lips,
and with our lives and hearts.
And NOW-Therefore – We submit our whole being before you in humble adoration –
Oh Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
Now to him, who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.