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God of the Past, Present and Future

Lisa Davison offers prayer at the installation service for PTS Trustees.

GOD OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

 

God of Life, we know you by many names:  Creator, Mother, Redeemer, Father, Senor, El Shaddai, Beloved, and those which we have yet to imagine.  Each time we come before you in prayer, we are humbled by your majesty and compassion.  Even when we feel small and unimportant, we are aware of your presence and feel your pulse in the beating of human hearts.

 

God of the Past, we give thanks to you for the wisdom of our ancestors who decided that an educated laity must also include an educated clergy.  With faith and vision, they established the institution that is known today as Phillips Theological Seminary.  Over the years, you have called men and women who came here to study and prepare to be faithful leaders of the church and beyond.  Throughout the decades, you have called women and men as trustees, professors, staff, presidents, and deans, who with passion and commitment have provided leadership for this school.  Today, as we install new trustees and dedicate the board for its important work, we pause to remember and celebrate our rich heritage.

God of the Present, as we gather in this sacred space, there is a world in need all around us.  Give us eyes to see and ears to hear the cries of your children in every corner of creation.  We pray today for the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Israel, and any land where violence tears at the very fabric of people’s lives.  May those with power find ways to establish peace and prosperity.  We pray today for the people in Turkey, and in any land where natural disasters have made survival a daily struggle and death all too common.  May those with power find ways to feed, heal, repair, and restore dignity.  We pray today for our families, churches, and communities, where there is pain, homelessness, illness, violence, and other problems that rob people of their livelihood, safety, and life.  May those with power find ways to mend, prevent, comfort, and make wholeness possible.

God of the Future, as we are certain that you hear our pleas, may we recognize that we are “those with power”, those called not just to pray but to be the vessels of your grace, mercy, justice, and love in the world.  In the years to come, may we speak and act in ways that display your desire for the reconciliation of all creation.  In the decades to come, may PTS continue to provide new and inspiring opportunities for learning and growth, preparing people to walk in the way of Jesus and to be responsible citizens of your “kin-dom”.  With hope and assurance, O God of Live, we pray in your many names.  Amen.

 

 

Pastoral Prayer by Lisa Davison

Installation & Dedication Service for Trustees

Phillips Theological Seminary

October 25, 2011

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