Today marks my third anniversary in the ministry. Three years ago, I had the priveldge of being ordained in my home congregation, St. Paul’s, in Indianapolis. While I have pictures, unfortunately, none are digital.
This vocation of pastor to which I have been called to serve is not something that is to be taken lightly. I do not take this call lightly. I strive to be the shepherd of my congregation to which God has called me. At times, the work of a pastor is frustrating. It is difficult. It is challenging. But at the same time, it is rewarding. It is exciting. It is what God has called me to do.
As classmates of mine are celebrating their ordination anniversaries, here is a prayer for us all:
Lord God, heavenly Father, You promised to send Your servants the Holy Spirit and to give them power from on high. We give thanks that through Your Word You also called [name] as Your servant and entrusted him with the Office of the Holy Ministry. We praise Your mercy and faithfulness and ask that You continue to keep him in good health and firm faith. Grant that he may continue to be a blessing to Your people and that they may be a blessing to him. Open everywhere the hearts of the faithful that Your Word may be received and that laborers in Your harvest may not be lacking. Cause Your Church to grow up into Him who is the head, even Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, amen.