Prayer For New Life

God of the Ages,

  Our Rock and Salvation,

  look with favor upon Christ’s flock

  at New Life United Methodist Church,

       Cause our congregation to be an effective witness to your love and power.  

  To this end, banish from us,

  pettiness and rivalry,

  speaking ill of one another,

  seeking to serve ourselves rather then you.

        Guide the leaders of this congregation,  

  those disciples who claim part in the ministry

  of the church (we pray all people),

  that we may help each other grow in your faith and grow as a community,

  One Body, guided by your Will.

      Bind us together by your love,  

  and cause us to know ourselves to be a people called out of darkness

  into your marvelous light.

  We ask this of the Father,

  through Christ, the Head of the Church,

  and through the Holy Spirit,

  that we may be of one heart, mind, and soul.

  In the Name of Jesus Christ we pray.

  Amen.