Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Prayers for a departing Rector

I wrote these for our celebration of Andrew's ministry in May; we may or may not use them again on July 31, his last Sunday, but thought they'd be a good model for anyone who is in the position of celebrating the ministry of someone who is leaving a congregation. The concluding prayer is adapted from the BOS.

Prayers of the People
Gracious and loving God, we give thanks for the ministry of the Rev. Canon Andrew Mullins as Rector of the Church of the Epiphany for the last 13 years.  He is retiring, but his ministry here will continue through the lives he touched while serving here.  Let us join in prayer with all those who have found a glimpse of divine love in Andrew’s ministry as pastor, priest and teacher. 

For all the strangers and newcomers he welcomed, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
For all those he has baptized, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
For the children who have been educated at the Day School he founded, and in the Sunday School he supported, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
For those he visited when they were sick, sad, or lonely; and for those in crisis who came to him for his wise counsel, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
For all those he has married, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
For those he has comforted in their grief at the death of a loved one, and for the resurrection and hope he has proclaimed in the midst of grief at funerals, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
For all those who have found aid through his commitment to Epiphany’s outreach to the world, especially those at our Homeless Feeding Program and the Carpenter’s Kids in Mlowa Barabarani, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
For the wider church, and his contributions of time and talent to the Diocese of New York and the Anglican Communion, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
And most of all, for the vision he had of a church that could thrive and flourish and be a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.
A time for prayer, either silently or aloud
Almighty God, we thank you for raising up among us faithful servants of your Word and Sacraments.  We thank you especially for the ministry of Andrew Mullins among us, and the presence of his family here.  Grant that both he and we may serve you in the days ahead, and always rejoice in your glory, and come at length into your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

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