God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, Our Guide through the past and our Hope for the future,
We don’t have words majestic or glorious enough, sensitive or tender enough to speak adequately to God above all gods. Yet, here we are, gathered for worship, acknowledging our complete reliance on a Higher Power.
We are humbled by the Omnipotence of the Almighty and by the limitations of our humanity.
All we really know to do is to utter repeatedly the words, “Thy Will,” “Thy Reign,” “Thy Way,” “Thy Delight.”
May it happen on earth as in heaven. Let us not wait until we die. May a reign of justice and love surround us today and every day.
Today, especially, we pray for Sanchita Kisku, as we ordain her into the gospel ministry. We are grateful for the people and events that have brought her to this place and time. We ask that she continue faithfully to serve Christ and the church and individuals with the compassion we have already seen evidenced in her life. Help her to be a good listener, a good learner, and a good teacher of the Good News of Jesus.
We ask for your protection of her body, mind and soul as she engages in ministry. Help her avoid the temptations that so often befall women and men in positions of spiritual responsibility, whether deacons, pastors, chaplains or educators.
Bring her through the years, gracefully, to a good old age, where she will know the truth of the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Marion D. Aldridge on behalf of Kathwood Baptist Church, Columbia, SC