Pastoral Prayer at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church by Dr. Gary Furr, Pastor.
Based on an insight from Hugh Heclo’s book, On Thinking Institutionally
Who was before all that is, and will be after all ends,
As Creator, You are the ground on which we stand, the order on which we depend
As the Sender of Jesus, You have entered into our tiny frame of mind
felt our crippled spirits, seen our weaknesses, and resisted the sins that kill us.
As Spirit You are ever with us, present in our lives, operating even within the limits
and cruelties of the human spirit.
You accommodate our freedom into greater purpose
Thank you for gifts of grace and life, hope and freedom, responsibility and fellowship.
For nation and virtue and for the chance to find a life worth living.
For the privileges of family, of being and having parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents
and knowing the love of all those who care whether we live or die.
For the gifts of friendship and citizenship and neighbor-ship that we may claim.
In this crucial moment in the soul of our nation, we stand at a crossroads–