We pray for the church,
living, growing, changing.
We give thanks for our leaders,
past and present and emerging.
May those who are concluding
roles and terms and responsibilities
among us do so with peace
for all that they will not do,
and gratitude for all that they have given.
May we show grace to those
who have gone before,
listen for their wisdom,
honour their contribution,
even as we make the job our own.
May those who discern a new season
of service, contribution, giving,
in new roles, terms, responsibilities
among us, do so with courage
for the challenges ahead,
and hope for the life they will nurture.
May we support and encourage
our leaders, through presence
and prayer, listening, trusting,
participating in the life our our
community with all we each can give.
We pray for our church,
living, growing, changing,
as it has done always,