3 Transition: Prayer in a Time of Pastoral Change Concert of PrayerTransition: Prayer in a Time of Pastoral Change
4 Unison“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV
6 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.James 1:5, NIV
7 LEADERIn the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.
8 WOMENWhile they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
9 MENSo after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.Acts 13:1-3, NIV
10 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. UNISONTo you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.
11 WOMENShow me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
12 Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. MENRemember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.Psalm 25:1,2,4,5, NIV
13 Worship Chorus or Choruses (Suggestions: Blessed Be Your Name [Redman]; This Is the Air I Breathe; Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord; Change My Heart, Oh God, I Surrender All)
14 2. We Commit to Unity of Heart and Purpose Concert of Prayer2. We Commit to Unity of Heart and Purpose
15 The LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”1 Samuel 16:7, NIV
16 Let us pray…That God gives us a clear and unified sense of His plans and purposes for the future of this church.
17 Let us pray…That God sends us a leader gifted to meet the unique and diverse needs of the entire congregation.
18 Let us pray…That God sends us a leader with a vision and passion for this community, and who is gifted to lead in ministry to this community.
19 Let us pray…That God sends us a leader willing and gifted to utilize and nurture the many gifts represented in the men, women, youth, and children throughout this congregation.
20 Let us pray…That God sends us a leader gifted in guiding the ongoing discipleship needs of this congregation.
21 Let us pray…That God sends us a leader passionate about God, given to prayer, diligent in the study of the Word, and sensitive to the guidance and moving of the Spirit.
22 Worship Chorus or Choruses (Suggestions: We Fall Down; Bind Us Together; Sanctuary; Mighty To Save; Breathe)
23 LEADERAs God’s chosen people, holy and clearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
24 MENBear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
25 WOMENAnd over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
26 MENLet the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
27 WOMENLet the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
28 UNISONAnd whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:12-17, NIV
29 3. We Step Out in Faith, Believing God for His Guidance Concert of Prayer3. We Step Out in Faith, Believing God for His Guidance
30 Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth,
31 words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.Ephesians 6:18-20, NIV
32 Let us pray for our leaders… That God will guide and anoint them through this time of change and transition.
33 That God will give wisdom in their decision-making process. Let us pray for our leaders…That God will give wisdom in their decision-making process.
34 Let us pray for our leaders… That they will work together in unity to discover God’s plans for the future.
35 Let us pray for our leaders… That God will bless them and their families in the busy days and weeks to come, granting good health and strength.
36 That every meeting would be directed by the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for our leaders…That every meeting would be directed by the Holy Spirit.
37 Let us pray for our leaders… That God would give strength and anointing to our pastoral staff during this time of added responsibilities.
38 Let us pray for our congregation… That the ministries of this church will strengthen and flourish during the transition period.
39 Let us pray for our congregation… That we will stay strong in attendance and giving, both to the church and to missions.
40 Let us pray for our congregation… That we will recommit to the ministries where we serve, so none of our discipleship, worship, and outreach efforts suffer during this time.
41 Let us pray for our congregation… That God keeps our eyes and hearts focused on Him during this time of transition.
42 Worship Chorus or Choruses (Close the service with a time of worship and prayer together as a congregation.)