180 Days of Prayer
Prayers for the 224th General Assembly (2020)
It is a time of turmoil in our society. Senseless shootings, millions living in poverty, and desperate souls are being turned away at our country’s borders.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been called to be the hands and feet of Christ, to love those who feel unloved and welcome those who have nowhere else to go.
The 224th General Assembly (2020) of the PC(USA) will be an important one for our denomination as we address issues that impact our church and our world.
The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA), asks every congregation and every member to join other church leaders as we pray each day for General Assembly in Baltimore.
Keep the prayer wheel turning …
Day 30 - January 21, 2020
The Reverend Eliana Maxim
Presbytery of Seattle
God of courage and innovation,
of prophetic imagination and justice,
of Word, sacrament, wonder, and mystery.
We rejoice in the many ways that the church has been a witness in the world to your ways, your welcome, and your love for all creation.
But we also know there is still far to go to achieve your will.
Grant us humility; that we recognize we don’t have all the answers, or even many of them; that we acknowledge that our ways have injured many and prevented many more from drawing close to you; that the church is just as broken as the rest of our world.
Grant us faithfulness; that even when things don’t work out the way we wished or planned for, we are reminded that the church is yours; that you will be present to us today and tomorrow, as you have been to our ancestors; that all you require of us is presence, perseverance, and patience.
Grant us boldness; that when the voices of exclusion and hatred are loud, we will sing loudly words of love and welcome; that we dare to risk popularity and even financial wellbeing for the sake of truth, equity, and justice; that we lead our churches into unknown and even scary places because you need us there.
Help us to try harder.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Day 29 - January 20, 2020
Presbytery of Albany
Lord Jesus, we acknowledge you as head of the Church. We give thanks to you for your many blessings to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) over the years. Through times of conflict, in times of sorrow, and in spite of the times we have failed to demonstrate your grace to others, you have remained steadfast in your faithfulness and consistent in your loving kindness to us. We praise you for your unchanging nature!
Our Lord, we ask that you guide the preparations of commissioners and staff for our upcoming General Assembly. For the youth that will attend this meeting, we pray that they will grow in their faith during the assembly and that their presence reminds us that they are the future of your church. We pray also that you will guide the discussions that occur—in small informal gatherings, in working groups, and in the General Assembly itself.
We feel the turmoil, pain, and division in our society, and we look to you to help us stay faithful to your call in our lives. That call includes us being spokespersons of the truth of the Gospel and being caregivers of grace to the hurting people we meet. Give us your eyes to see the people needs around us while we are in Baltimore. May our presence be an opportunity to demonstrate your gracious love to each person we meet. Enable us to bless those who have been harmed by racial division, by political callousness, by violence, and by poverty.
Grant that the work to which you call your church at this General Assembly be done to strengthen our members, renew our faith commitments, and expand the work of Jesus Christ in our world. AMEN.
Day 28 - January 19, 2020
Presbytery of Cincinnati
Holy Lord, Prince of Peace, Giver of Grace, Spirit of Love: You are the God of the Already. Hineni.
We come before You brokenly, asking for forgiveness and begging for Your guidance.
We come before You humbly, offering our heartfelt praise and thanks for Your unfailing love and mercy.
We know that You walk before us, preparing our way so that we are equipped and empowered to do the work You have prepared for us to do, giving You all glory and honor.
We know that You have already seen where we will go, how we will engage in the world around us—how we can work to bring hope and love into the world through Your Word.
We know that Your Spirit prepares the places in which we find ourselves, and the people around us, so that we know how best to be Your disciples in this new decade.
As we begin our journey to the 224th General Assembly (2020), we beg Your Wisdom and Heart be given to us all.
For You are already there, and we long to join You.
As we move toward the future You have ordained, let us listen deeply to You. Let us be a Resurrection people, moved by overwhelming hope, outrageous joy, and audacious courage.
For You are already here in us—and we are so grateful.
We ask this of You as Your humble servants, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Day 27 - January 18, 2020
Presbyteries of De Cristo & Grand Canyon
Lord, make us protectors of bruised reeds,
where there is cold calculation, let us bring warm embrace,
where there is hardness of heart, let us bring gentleness of spirit,
where flint strikes granite, let us point toward mercy’s dew,
where others cast out, let us draw in,
where others shame and blame, let us name with a divine claim,
where there is a too easy clarity, let us bring questions,
oh, so many, many questions.
O Divine Master, may we not so much seek
to snuff out the smoldering wick as to reignite the flames of justice,
to fear brokenness as to be transformed by it,
to shout, “Crucify!” as to pray at the foot of the Cross.
For it is in being embraced by your mercy that we share it with others,
it is in welcoming Mary into our home that God-possibilities flourish,
it is in singing a new song that Messiah Jesus is borne into this world.
(Based on Isaiah 42:3 and Matthew 12:20)
Day 26 - January 17, 2020
Synod Leader & Stated Clerk
Synod of the Sun
God of grace and mercy,
You offer us so many ways to gather in your name, and we are grateful!
Of all those opportunities, General Assembly is a special time to listen for and discern your will for the PC(USA). May we have ears to listen and boldness to act as your disciples.
As we are called together to consider a movement beyond institution, we pray for willing hearts and minds. Praying that the Holy Spirit will move in our midst and bring together the church in a way that only the Spirit can.
For the commissioners, denominational staff, mid council leaders, exhibitors, press, and friends of the denomination, may we consider perspectives not our own, knowing that you see all, know all, and have your mighty hand in all. Grant us a renewing of our minds and coming together of your church for the proclamation and sake of the Gospel.
Day 25 - January 16, 2020
The Reverend Dan Saperstein
Presbytery of Lake Huron
“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
When tongues of confusion direct our praise away from you, O God,
let all things be done decently and in order.
When passions threaten to divide us, tempers flare, and voices rise, O God,
let all things be done decently and in order.
Decency and order are good gifts of your Spirit,
for you are a God not of disorder, but of peace.
We, your church, have claimed and employed these gifts.
We give you thanks for decent and orderly processes:
Book of Order,
Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised! Eleventh Edition!),
Manual of the General Assembly—
collective wisdom learned through painful lessons
of having been disempowered, abused, excluded, or silenced
through absent or unjust processes.
“Let all things be done decently and in order,”
for where there is justice, there will be order.
But let us never confuse the sequence, O God,
for order itself does not always lead to justice.
A repressive decency sometimes calls for indecency,
And an unjust order for disorder.
Was it not indecent for an “unclean” woman to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment?
Was it not disorderly to make a way through the roof for a friend with disabilities
when there was no access through the door?
Was it not indecent for a holy man to dine with enemies, sinners, and outcasts?
Was it not disorderly to overturn tables and drive out money-changers
to make a house of prayer for all people?
Sovereign God, as your servants gather in Baltimore
for the 224th General Assembly (2020) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),
may you grant us grace to do your work decently and in order,
and grant us courage to establish your justice
even indecently and disorderly
if that be your will;
through Christ we pray. Amen.
Day 24 - January 15, 2020
Synod of the Rocky Mountains
Dear Good and Gracious God,
As your precious Son and our Lord Jesus Christ came not to be served but to serve others, we thank you for those who have been called to this opportunity to serve the Kin-dom as commissioners to the 224th General Assembly (2020) in Baltimore. May they serve with joyful hearts.
We ask that your spirit of service will be awakened within each of these commissioners as they do the work of the church. Make them examples of our Lord Jesus Christ. Open their ears that they may hear your counsel, open their eyes that they may see your world, open their hearts that they may respond to your Word as Jesus would.
Gracious God, it is a privilege to share in the loving, reconciling mission of your Son, Jesus Christ. We know that without you, we can do no good thing. To this end may your Spirit make them wise, may your Spirit guide them, may your Spirit renew them so that they may be strong in faith, discerning in proclamation, courageous in witness, and persistent in good deeds.
God, give these commissioners humbleness, humility, compassion, and patience during this week of service. We pray that they may serve gratefully, generously, responsibly, and do all things to the glory of God.
May the whole assembly serve you in the cause of peace, for the relief of pain, suffering, and want in this world.
We pray for each commissioner on this journey—for travel mercies, health, and blessings for a meaningful time this June in Baltimore.
We pray this in the name of your most wonderful servant, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Day 23 - January 14, 2020
The Reverend Joyce Lieberman
Executive and Stated Clerk
Synod of the South Atlantic
A PRAYER FOR UNITY
(Inspired by The Confession of Belhar)
Most holy and triune God, who gathers, protects, and cares for the church through Word and Spirit; as your church prepares to gather for the 224th General Assembly (2020), we come seeking unity in the name of the redeeming Christ.
Grant the gift of unity as we seek together to find and represent the will of Christ for the church. May the work of the Holy Spirit be of such binding force that unity in Christ will be seen, heard, and experienced within the church and unity in Christ be made so visible that the world will believe in the One whom You sent into the world.
At the same time, gracious God, remind us of our obligation to earnestly pursue and seek unity in Christ. Forgive us the sin of separation and division that permeates church and world. Give us clarity of vision to see how we have fed such schism. Give us open hearts to confess our sin and changed hearts to welcome the holy and hard work of participating in the reconciling work of your Spirit. May our unity in Christ be made manifest and active in the ways we will be together and working on behalf of the church. Build us up into the full stature of Christ that we will graciously and whole-heartedly
- love one another;
- experience, practice, and pursue community with one another;
- give ourselves, willingly and joyfully, to be a benefit and blessing to one another;
- know and bear one another’s burdens; and
- pray together, serve God, and fight against all which may threaten or hinder our unity in Jesus Christ.
As the people of God, who are baptized with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one name, and are obedient to one Lord, we pray this in the name of Jesus Christ whose prayer for the church is that we may be one. Amen.
Day 22 - January 13, 2020
Jim G. Rissler
President and Chief Executive Officer
Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program, Inc.
Dear Gracious God, we thank you for the many blessings we experience each and every day, those of which we are readily aware and those that happen around us without notice—all gifts that help us and guide us in our day and in our work.
As we prepare for the gathering of our General Assembly in Baltimore, we ask that you help us keep an openness to our thoughts, a sense of compassion in our hearts, the hope of what is possible, and the balance of what is feasible. Keep in our minds and in our actions the respect each of your children deserve. We ask for the energy to accomplish and for safety in travel. We ask that your hand be upon us to move the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) forward to the right ends. Help us be your light.
In the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Day 21 - January 12, 2020
The Reverend T. Denise Anderson
Coordinator, Racial and Intercultural Justice, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly (2016)
Holy One, we give you thanks for the ministry to which you have called us all. We are grateful that you are intentional, and when you created us you did so with purpose and a plan. Help us, O God, to honor your intentions. Help us to honor your intention for love and justice. Help us to honor your intention for community and mutual support. Help us to not be conformed to a world in which selfishness is the order of the day, for we know the only panacea for greed is gratitude. When we are tempted by narratives of scarcity, remind our hearts that there is indeed enough, that you are a God of abundance, and you became flesh and dwelt among us that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Incline our hearts toward your idea of abundance, so that we would not seek to hoard material and social capital, but instead draw to ourselves the treasures of your reign.
God of abundance, forgive us for our indifference toward the lack that we created. Forgive us for when we have turned our gaze away from need. Forgive us for when we have worshipped the trappings of success and pursued them instead of your kin-dom. Forgive us for when we make excuses for why inequity persists. Forgive us for being slow to confront systems from which we benefit. You created us to be so much more than this.
Holy Spirit, move us beyond our physical and institutional walls to be the salt and light you have called us to be. Your name is to be glorified. May our lives and the love we practice be the glorification due to you. It is in your name we pray—and not our own. Amen.
Day 20 - January 11, 2020
The Reverend Dr. Jacqueline E. Taylor
Presbytery of Baltimore
“Lord of All to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise!”
Sovereign God, who became Emmanuel, who leads the wise by heavenly guidance and who gives us the waters of Baptism reminding us of the grace that flows through our lives and ministries, we give You thanks and praise.
Thank you for calling us together as a denomination, as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to share the Gospel in our congregations, communities, and the nations. We thank you that we are more and more a diverse representation of your beloved world and that our shouts of joy and prayers of petition are offered in many languages, demographics, theological perspectives, and identities.
God of our 224th General Assembly (2020), fill us with a sense of your purpose for our church. Clear away our myopia so we may see our brothers and sisters as You see them. Save us from “weak resignation” as we speak into a world that seems dense in its complexities. Shuttle us from our apoplexy into our communities where Your light is already shining and your people already witnessing. Infuse your Spirit into our preparations, our leaders, our people, our travel, our hospitality, and our decisions.
Above all, bless us Holy One. Keep us faithful, joyful, and hopeful that our assembly may manifest our love for You, Your Church, and Your World.
Day 19 - January 10, 2020
Synod of Lakes and Prairies
Dear Holy and Gracious One, I am grateful that you are always present with us. No matter how complex the ministry challenge, I know that I do not face it alone.
But sometimes I’m overwhelmed. I cannot say what I need, so I pray from songs. Today I come to you and sing, repeating small verses of grace-filled hymns, some full of humble pleas, others overflowing with thanksgiving, all precious memories.
Please grant me wisdom and grant me courage, to do your work—show me how to walk with others, to listen better, to see clearer, to understand the reciprocal connection among all things. Help me recognize that what I read in the news, how I spend my time and money, who I welcome, and where I worship are all related to your call for compassion, goodness, and justice. Fill me with bold songs of strength from day to day as I witness to your love in a broken world.
Jesus called the poor and oppressed to a new life of hope. You chose the church to save lives, rejecting the deceptive excuses for poverty, racism, and alienation. We’ve come this far by faith to bring healing to the world through acts of reconciliation. Please put forth O God Thy Spirit’s might till your KINdom is fulfilled.
You are such an understanding God, move me when I overlook the mystery of your presence in all my tasks. Help me act more like Jesus. Lead me to use the sacred gifts of humility, compassion, respect, helpfulness, honesty, truthfulness, and generosity. I want to be ready when you call me to show how well I’ve cared for all that you created. I can’t give up now, so I lift my voice and sing my prayers to you.
Day 18 - January 9, 2020
David M. Dobson
President and Publisher, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
In your wisdom you’ve given us the power and ability to make your world a more hospitable place for all your creatures.
The power, the ability, but also the responsibility.
Time and again we forget this last part.
We worship our power, exult in our abilities, and cast our responsibilities aside for another day.
A day when we’ll have more time to help others, more money to give away, more energy to do what is needed to create lasting change.
But that day is today.
It has always been today.
Help us remember this. Help us remember that the time to help is now, the money we have is not ours, the energy we need will be there if we just take the first step. Remind us of the words of Martin Luther King Jr, who said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Help us ask that question of ourselves every day.
We ask all these things in your Son’s name, Amen.
Day 17 - January 8, 2020
The Reverend Frank Clark Spencer
President—The Board of Pensions
Holy and Mighty God,
[ 한국어 ]
Your people assemble to worship and sing your praise as they have done for thousands of years.
The Israelites sang their way up to Temple and we echo those words as we prepare.
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;
for God has founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers.
We wonder who will be there when we gather, expecting old friends and new.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in God’s holy place?
We anticipate music and movement, as Miriam took her tambourine, dancing and singing.
Sing to the Lord, for God has triumphed gloriously.
We arrive with thanksgiving, singing as Mary did.
For the mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name.
We ask for strength to live into our commitment of being a Matthew 25 Church.
God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.
We pray that the City of Baltimore be blessed by our Hands and Feet such that the people might say,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We pray that each person who attends be refreshed and renewed in the Spirit.
Sing to the Lord a new song, God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.
We ask that You inspire us and that your Spirit fill us so that we may truly be united in Christ Jesus.
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, Almighty God is the King of glory.
프랭크 클라크 스펜서 목사
미국장로교 총회 연금국 대표
거룩하시고 위대하신 하나님,
주님의 백성들이 수천 년 동안 했던 것처럼 예배하고 찬양을 노래하기 위해 모입니다.
이스라엘 사람들이 성전으로 올라가며 노래함을 우리도 반영하며 준비합니다.
땅과 거기에 충만한 것과 세계와 그 가운데에 사는 자들은 다 여호와의 것입니다.
여호와께서 그 터를 바다위에 세우심이여 강들 위에 건설하셨습니다.
우리는 오랜 친구와 새로운 친구를 기대하면서 누가 모일지 궁금합니다.
여호와의 산에 오를 자가 누구며 그의 거룩한 곳에 설 자가 누구입니까?
우리는 미리암이 탬버린을 가지고 노래를 부르는 음악과 춤을 기대합니다.
하나님께서 영광으로 승리하셨기에 주님께 노래합니다.
우리는 마리아가 했던 것처럼 노래와 함께 감사를 드립니다.
위대하신 분은 나를 위해 큰 일을 하셨습니다. 거룩하심이 하나님의 이름입니다.
우리는 마태복음 25장에 대한 헌신에 동참할 힘을 구합니다.
하나님께서는 배고픈 사람들에게 좋은 것들을 채우시고 부자들을 비우셨습니다.
우리는 사람들이 말할 수 있도록 발티모어 시가 우리의 손과 발에 의해 축복되기를 기도합니다.
주님의 이름으로 오시는 분은 복이 있습니다.
우리는 참석하는 각 사람들이 성령 안에서 새롭게 되고 새로운 힘을 얻기를 기도합니다.
하나님의 노래를 부르며 신자들의 모임에서 하나님을 찬양함을 받으시옵소서.
우리는 주님이 우리에게 영감을 주시고 주님의 영이 우리를 채워 그리스도 예수 안에서 진정으로 연합되도록 요청합니다.
오 문들아, 너희 머리를 들지어다! 고대의 문들아!
영광의 왕이 들어가시리로다.
이 영광의 왕은 누구입니까? 만군의 여호와, 전능하신 하나님은 영광의 왕이십니다.
Day 16 - January 7, 2020
Elder Price H. Gwynn, III
Moderator, 202nd General Assembly (1990)
Lord God, Lord Christ, Lord Spirit,
Please help our beloved church to seek, discern, and follow your will in the critical days and years that lie ahead.
프라이스 H. 그윈, III
202차 총회(1990) 총회장
주 하나님, 주 그리스도, 주 성령님,
사랑하는 우리 교회가 앞에 놓여 있는 중대한 날과 시간에 주님의 뜻을 찾고 분별하고 따르도록 도와주시옵소서.
Elder Price H. Gwynn, III
Moderador, 202ª Asamblea General (1990)
Señor Dios, Señor Cristo, Señor Espíritu,
Ayuda a nuestra querida iglesia a buscar, discernir y seguir tu voluntad en los días y años cruciales que nos esperan.
Day 15 - January 6, 2020
Herbert D. Valentine
Moderator of the 203rd General Assembly (1991)
JUST A FEW THOUGHTS
Reconciliation, loving one’s enemies, resurrection, life in Christ, discipleship; all these challenges are so difficult and remote that we hardly venture to practice them or speak of them. Perhaps they are too revolutionary for us to grasp or express. Are we capable of offering the word of reconciliation and redemption to humankind? Christian thinking, speaking, and organizing should be born anew out of prayer and action. It will probably be a new language perhaps quite non-religious; it may shock people but also overcome by its power. It will be a voice of liberation proclaiming God’s peace and the coming of his kingdom! The Christian call may be a hidden process, but there will be those who pray and do right and wait in God’s time.
O lord my God, I thank you
that you have brought me through this day.
I thank you for giving me insight into life.
I thank you for giving me rest
in body and soul.
Your hand has been over me
and has guarded and preserved me.
Forgive my lack of faith
and any wrong I have done today,
and help me to forgive those who offended me.
Day 14 - January 5, 2020
Moderator, the 208th General Assembly (1996)
Pastor Emeritus, the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Former Editor/Publisher, The Christian Century
[ 한국어 ]
Good and gracious God, we thank you for all your goodness toward us. We thank you for our church, for its faithful witness across the years, for its mission in all the world, for its strong advocacy for your values of peace and justice. We are grateful for Presbyterian leaders who have preceded us; for moderators and clerks; for General Assembly, synod, and presbytery staffs; for General Assembly commissioners coming together through the decades and centuries to listen for your word and to one another and to direct our church into the future.
We thank you for mission workers and partners, for schools, hospitals, clinics, and congregations around the world, founded by our forebears to convey your love and mercy and justice. And we thank you for Presbyterian congregations in cities, towns, villages, and rural areas all over this country.
We pray for your Holy Catholic Church, your Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), our church, gracious God. As your people depended on the comfort and guidance of your Spirit in difficult times in the past, so we confess our need in our time. Help us to know and do your will amidst all the changes besetting us. Help us not be obsessed with success but committed to faithfulness in every circumstance. Help us, dear God, not be afraid of change, of new challenges and new ventures.
Forgive us when we are less than you created and called us to be. Bind up the hurts we sometimes inflict on one another and fill us with that love you have promised will never let us go.
Bless, O God, your Presbyterian people, your Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its General Assembly in the days ahead.
We pray and live in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, Head of the Church, our Lord, our Savior and Friend.
208차 총회(1996) 총회장
시카고 제4 장로교회 은퇴 목사
전 크리스천 세기 편집자 / 발행자
선하시고 은혜로우신 하나님, 우리에게 향하신 모든 선하심에 감사드립니다. 수년간의 충실한 증거, 전 세계를 위한 선교, 평화와 정의의 가치에 대한 강력한 옹호를 행한 교회에 감사드립니다. 우리보다 앞서간 장로교 지도자들에게 감사드립니다. 총회장과 정서기들; 총회, 대회 및 노회 직원들; 수십 년과 수 세기에 걸쳐 총회 총대들이 주님의 말씀과 서로의 말을 듣고 우리 교회를 미래로 인도하기 위하여 모였습니다.
우리는 전임자들이 주님의 사랑과 자비와 정의를 전하기 위해 세운 전 세계의 선교사와 파트너 사역인 학교, 병원, 클리닉 및 교회를 위해 감사드립니다. 그리고 이 나라 전역의 도시, 마을, 및 농촌 지역에 있는 장로교회에 감사드립니다.
우리는 주님의 거룩한 공회, 주님의 미국장로교회, 우리 교회, 은혜로우신 하나님을 위해 기도합니다. 과거의 어려운 시기에 주의 백성이 주님의 영의 위로와 인도에 의존함과 같이, 우리는 우리 시대에 우리의 필요를 고백합니다. 우리를 변화시키는 모든 변화 속에서 주님의 뜻을 알고 행하도록 도와주십시오. 성공에 사로 잡히지 않고 모든 상황에서 충실함에 헌신하도록 도와주십시오. 사랑하는 하나님, 변화를 두려워하지 말고 새로운 도전과 새로운 모험을 하도록 도와주옵소서.
우리가 주님께서 우리를 만드신 의도와 부르심에 부족함을 용서하십시오. 우리가 때때로 서로에게 가하는 상처를 치유 하시고, 주님의 사랑으로 우리를 결코 버리지 않을 것이라는 약속으로 채워 주옵소서.
오 하나님, 장로교인들,미국장로교회와 앞으로의 총회를 축복하여 주소서.
우리는 교회의 머리 되시고, 주님, 구세주, 친구되신 예수 그리스도의 이름으로 기도합니다.
Day 13 - January 4, 2020
Elder Patricia Brown
Moderator, 209th General Assembly (1997)
O Lord —
We live in a world where truth is flexible to the will of those who would uphold it.
We live in a world marinating in control without creativity or alternatives.
We live in a world of shadows distorting what we once recognized as morality and honesty.
We live in a world that would blind us to kindness and justice and righteousness.
O Creator —
Keep us from sliding into an abyss of spiritual dementia that would separate us from who you need us to be.
Keep us close as a people of great faith and focus our responsibility on loving each other because we believe.
Keep Your Word clear as we discuss and decide on a course to maintain our faith and our fate.
O Spirit of God —
Guide us with a power to share the gift of your blessings with us and among us.
Guide us with a power to sprinkle the sweetness of what we learn and believe on the tongues of so may who cannot taste or feel or smell your goodness.
Guide us with a power to embrace your presence in what is decided as we confidently gather in work and worship as the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church [USA].
AMEN AND AMEN.
Day 12 - January 3, 2020
Dr. Douglas W. Oldenburg
Moderator of the 210th General Assembly (1998)
[ 한국어 ]
Almighty God, we offer our prayers for those so busy with life:
So harried and hassled that they have no time to stand and stare,
No time to drink deeply of the beauty and wonder all around us,
For those whose eyes have been blinded to beauty
and whose ears are deaf to music and hearts calloused to love.
We pray for those who never realized life while they lived it.
We pray for your world, broken and suffering as it is:
For countries and cities where brother fights with brother,
where children are taught to hate,
where old men relish ancient wrongs,
and where religion divides.
We pray for countries where iron law imprisons freedom:
Where thought is curbed and conscience stifled,
where the questioning spirit is called a traitor,
where children die much too soon and
where eager hands can find no work.
We pray for individuals in our Church who walk through difficult days:
For those lonely or depressed or weighted down with worry or fear.
Comfort and strengthen them and assure them of
your abiding presence and love.
We pray for our President and his advisors and members of Congress:
In these difficult days, free them from rigid ideologies that refuse to compromise.
Help them to put the well-being of our country ahead of their
political party or their political future.
Finally, we pray for ourselves:
Keep us from becoming calloused to beauty around us
and from the needs of others.
Keep us from the apathy born of comfort
and the apathy born of complexity.
Help us to live with unanswered questions and ambiguity
without resorting to easy answers and dogmatic solutions.
We are thankful, O God, for the gift of life itself. Remind us again that each new day is not something we deserve, not something to which we are entitled, but a sheer gift of your grace.
더글러스 W. 올덴버그 박사,
미국장로교 210차 총회 (1998) 총회장
전능하신 하나님, 우리는 삶이 너무 바빠진 사람들을 위해기도 드립니다.
그들은 괴롭고 번거로움에 마주하고 바라볼 시간조차 없고,
아름다움을 깊이 누리며 우리 주변을 둘러볼 시간이 없습니다.
그들은 아름다움이 눈에 보이지 않고
음악이 귀에 들리지 않으며 사랑을 느끼지 못합니다.
우리는 인생을 제대로 살지 못했던 사람들을 위해 기도합니다.
우리는 주님의 깨어지고 고통 받고 있는 세상을 위해 기도합니다.
형제가 서로 싸우는 국가와 도시들,
아이들에게 미움을 가르치는 곳,
노인들이 옛 잘못을 되풀이하고,
종교가 분열하는 곳입니다.
우리는 철통같이 자유를 구속하는 국가들을 위해 기도합니다 :
생각이 억제되고 양심이 약해지는 곳,
질문하는 정신을 반역이라고 하는 곳,
아이들이 너무 일찍 죽고
열망하는 손이 일을 찾을 수 없는 곳입니다.
우리는 교회에서 어려운 날을 겪는 사람들을 위해 기도합니다.
외롭거나 우울하거나 걱정하거나 두려워하는 사람들을 위해,
그들을 위로하고 힘을 주며
주님의 존재와 사랑이 임하게 하소서.
우리는 대통령과 그의 자문들과 의회 의원들을 위해 기도합니다.
이 어려운 시기에 타협을 거부하는 엄격한 이념에서 벗어나게 하옵소서.
그들이 속한 정당 또는 그들의 정치적 미래 보다 우리나라의 복지를 앞서 생각하게 하옵소서.
마지막으로, 우리는 우리 자신을 위해 기도합니다 :
다른 사람들의 필요와 우리 주변의 아름다움에 무관심 해지지 않도록 하옵소서.
안락함에서 생겨난 무관심에서 우리를 지키옵소서
그리고 복잡함으로 생긴 무관심에서 우리를 지키옵소서.
답이없는 질문과 모호함 속에서도 살 수 있도록 도와주옵소서.
쉬운 답변과 독단적 해결에 의지하지 않도록 도우소서.
우리는 생명 그 자체의 선물에 대해 감사합니다. 매일 매일이 우리가 받을 자격이 있어서 받는 것이 아니라 은혜의 선물이라는 것을 다시 상기시켜 주옵소서.
Day 11 - January 2, 2020
The Reverend Fahed Abu-Akel
Moderator, 214th General Assembly (2002)
[ 한국어 ]
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).
Prayer is the best daily spiritual practice that connects us with God in Jesus, with the Word of God, with each other, with our family, church, community, and world.
We pray for our General Assembly commissioners to help us become:
A praying church
A loving church to our members and visitors.A caring church that is Christ centered.
A united church for ministry and mission.
An evangelistic church that can help our members share their faith.
A church that will never forget the mother church of Jerusalem in Palestine that is living under fifty-two years of brutal military occupation.
A church that can be a prophetic by speaking truth to power.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
파헤드 아부 아켈 목사
214차 총회 (2002) 총회장
“항상 기뻐하고 쉬지 말고 기도하며 범사에 감사하라 이것은 그리스도 예수 안에서 너희를 위한 하나님의 뜻이니라.”(데살로니가 전서 5:16~18).
기도는 예수님 안에서 하나님과 하나님의 말씀과 우리의 가족, 교회, 공동체, 세상과 우리를 연결시켜주는 최고의 매일 영적 실천입니다.
우리는 총회 총대들이 다음과 같이 되도록 도와 주시길 기도합니다.
기도하는 교회가 되고
우리 교인들과 방문객들이 서로 사랑하는 교회,
그리스도 중심의 돌보는 교회.
사역과 선교를 위한 연합된 교회.
교인들이 그들의 믿음을 나누도록 도울 수 있는 복음의 교회,
팔레스타인에 있는 모교인 예루살렘 교회를 절대 잊지 않는 교회,
진리를 권세로 말함으로써 예언자가 될 수 있는 교회가 되기를
예수님의 이름으로 기도합니다. 아멘.
Day 10 - January 1, 2020
The Reverend Dr. Susan Andrews
Interim Pastor, Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Moderator of the 215th General Assembly (2003)
Generous God, we thank you for your grace and providence in our lives, and for your living presence in your Body, the Church.
With word and sacrament, music and prayer, you weave your story into the stories of our lives, and we are grateful.
We rejoice that, with diversity and creativity, you shape your church into different families of faith.
Thank you for our family of faith—the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); for our long history, our bold witness, our love of scripture, and our passion for service. As we move toward Baltimore, and the next General Assembly gathering, we ask that you plant seeds of justice, truth, and compassion within the hearts of our congregations and our presbyteries.
Dependable God, remind us that each one of us is chosen and claimed, baptized and called as disciples of Jesus Christ. Deepen our commitment to follow Jesus, and to transform the world into the peaceable kin-dom of God.
Where we are confused, offer us clarity.
Where we are cautious, infuse us with courage.
Where we are hesitant, fill us with zeal.
Where we are critical, soften us with grace.
Where we are tired, inspire us with energy.
Renewing God, call us once again to the vocation of ministry. Shape us as a national community of faith, offering our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to you. And plant in our hearts the dream of Jesus:
to proclaim Good News to the poor;
to proclaim release to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind;
to let the oppressed go free.
All this we pray in the vibrant, liberating, and encouraging Spirit of our Risen Lord. Amen
Day 9 - December 31, 2019
Elder Rick Ufford-Chase
Moderator, 216th General Assembly (2004)
In a world where vast resources are held by so few while vast populations go without—
We pray for those who have been forced to migrate in order to protect their families.
In a world where climate change puts those who are most vulnerable even more at risk—
We pray for those have fled their homes to seek safety for their families.
In a world where more and more communities are essentially governed by gangs and cartels and governments are too weak or too beholden to protect them—
We pray for the families who have headed to communities where they can trust that their families will be protected by the rule of law.
In a world where fascism is once again on the rise and people are targeted because of the color of their skin, or their religious belief, or their particular physical ability, or their gender identity or sexual orientation—
We pray for those who have been pushed into the shadows or who choose to move to create a life where the core identity doesn’t put them at risk.
In a world of violence and war, where drones drop bombs without warning and missiles land on hospitals and apartment buildings—
We pray for those who flee to find a place where they will not be afraid to send their children outside to play or to school for an education.
In a world where more than seventy million people are displaced, many of whom are forced to cross borders without the luxury of a passport or a visa—
Rick Ufford-Chase 장로
216차 총회 (2004) 총회장
다수가 아닌 소수가 막대한 자원을 소유한 이 세상에서 —
가족을 보호하기 위해 이주해 온 사람들을 위해 기도합니다.
기후 변화로 인해 가장 취약한 사람들이 훨씬 더 위험에 처하는 세상에서 —
우리는 그들이 가족을 위한 안전을 추구하기 위해 집을 떠난 사람들을 위해 기도합니다.
점점 더 많은 지역 사회가 본질적으로 갱단과 마약범에 의해 지배되고 정부는 그들을 보호하기에는 너무 약하거나 무관심한 세상에서 —
우리는 법의 규칙에 의해 그들의 가족이 보호될 것이라고 믿는 지역사회를 향한 가족들을 위해 기도합니다.
파시즘이 다시 떠오르며 사람들은 피부색, 종교적 신념, 또는 특정한 신체 능력, 또는 성 정체성 또는 성적 취향으로 혐오의 대상이 되는 세상에서 —
우리는 어둠 속으로 밀려 났거나 그들의 기본 정체성이 위험에 처하지 않는 삶을 살기 위해 이주를 선택한 사람들을 위해 기도합니다.
폭력과 전쟁으로 무인 항공기가 경고없이 폭탄을 떨어 뜰이고 미사일이 병원과 아파트 건물에 떨어지는 세상에서 —
우리는 아이들을 밖에서 놀게 하거나 학교에 보내 교육을 받음을 두려워하지 않을 곳을 찾기 위해 도망친 사람들을 위해 기도합니다.
7천만 명이 넘는 이주민 가운데 많은 사람들이 사치스러운 여권이나 비자없이 국경을 넘어야 하는 세상에서 —
우리는 마리아와 요셉처럼 아기 예수의 탄생을 준비하는 이주민들이 스스로 선택할 수 없는 안전을 보장받도록 기도합니다.
Anciano Rick Ufford-Chase
Moderador de la 216a Asamblea General (2004)
En un mundo donde vastos recursos son poseídos portan pocas personas mientras que vastas poblaciones se quedan sin nada:
Oremos por aquellas personas que se han visto obligadas a emigrar para proteger a sus familias.
En un mundo donde el cambio climático pone a las personas más vulnerables aún más en riesgo:
Oremos por aquellas que han huido de sus hogares para buscar seguridad para sus familias.
En un mundo donde cada vez más comunidades están gobernadas esencialmente por pandillas y carteles, y los gobiernos son demasiado débiles o están demasiado comprometidos para protegerles.
Oremos por las familias que se han dirigido a comunidades donde pueden confiar en que sus familias estarán protegidas por el estado de derecho.
En un mundo donde el fascismo está nuevamente en aumento y las personas son blanco debido al color de su piel, o sus creencias religiosas, o su capacidad física particular, o su identidad de género u orientación sexual:
Oremos por aquellas personas que han sido empujadas a las sombras o que eligen moverse para crear una vida donde la identidad principal no les pone en riesgo.
En un mundo de violencia y guerra, donde los drones lanzan bombas sin previo aviso y los misiles aterrizan en hospitales y edificios de apartamentos:
Oremos por aquellas personas que huyen para encontrar un lugar donde no tengan miedo de enviar a sus hijos e hijas afuera para jugar o ir a la escuela para recibir educación.
En un mundo donde más de setenta millones de personas son desplazadas, muchas de las cuales se ven obligadas a cruzar las fronteras sin el lujo de un pasaporte o una visa:
Oremos por el migrante que, como María y José que se preparan para el nacimiento del niño Jesús, toma la decisión de buscar seguridad que no es una opción en absoluto.
Day 8 - December 30, 2019
The Reverend Joan Gray
Moderator, 217th General Assembly (2006)
[ 한국어 ]
You have instructed us to come to you as little children if we want to enter the realm of heaven. We are not good at this. We are much better at making plans, trying to control things, and denying that we are in need of repentance. By the miracle of grace coming to us through Jesus Christ and your Holy Spirit, you keep calling us. In every moment of our lives your grace flows toward us, most strongly when circumstances are discouraging.
Help us to put more energy into praying than planning. Help us to celebrate that you are moving in mighty ways when things seem very dark to us. Give us the humility to turn from managing and take up the invitation to become totally dependent on you. As we stand at a turning point in the life of your Church in this world, help us to take as gospel the words of Jesus that “without me you can do nothing” and turn the church upside down to put our only source of life at the center.
조안 그레이 목사
217차 총회(2006) 총회장
우리가 하늘나라에 들어가기를 원한다면 어린아이처럼 주님께 오라고 지시하셨습니다. 우리는 이것을 잘 못합니다. 우리는 계획을 세우고, 사물을 통제하고, 회개가 필요하다는 것을 부인하는 데 훨씬 더 잘합니다. 예수 그리스도와 주님의 성령을 통해 우리에게 오는 은혜의 기적으로 우리를 계속 부르시옵소서. 우리 삶의 매 순간마다 주님의 은혜는 우리를 향하여 흐르며, 상황이 낙담스러울 때 가장 강력합니다.
계획보다 기도에 더 많은 에너지를 공급할 수 있도록 도와주십시오. 사물이 우리에게 매우 어둡게 보일 때 주님이 힘차게 움직이고 있음을 기뻐하도록 도와주십시오. 우리가 관리하고자 함에서 돌이켜 주님께 전적으로 의지하도록 권유하십시오. 우리가 이 세상에서 주님 교회 생활의 전환점에 서 있을 때, “나 없이는 아무것도 할 수 없다”는 예수님의 말씀을 복음으로 받아들이고 우리의 유일한 생명의 근원을 중심에 놓기 위해 교회를 변화시키도록 도와주십시오.
Day 7 - December 29, 2019
From the Rev. Dr. Neal D. Presa
Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012)
Lord of the ages, who in every time and in every place summons a people to worship, love, and serve you, forge us as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be a community whose wills, minds, hearts, and very lives are conformed to your will and your heart. Free us from the captivity to regard your Church as an institution, and instead, unshackle us to the freedom of your Spirit who calls us into a movement towards your transformative justice in communities here and around the world. Truly, your word in Romans is sure and trustworthy, that we need to be transformed by your renewing power upon our minds, being conformed to you, so that we may discern what is your will, and do what is good and acceptable and perfect in your sight.
As a church preparing to gather as the 224th General Assembly (2020) in Baltimore, move among us and through us, in every congregation, in every presbytery, in every synod, in every agency, in every young adult volunteer and mission co-worker assignment, in every seminary, in every college and university, in every camp and conference center, in every ministry of our ecumenical and conciliar partners, in every interreligious partner, in the deliberations of the committee on local arrangements in Baltimore. Gracious God, enfold all of us and every part of our preparations. Fill us with your gifts of faith, hope, and love so that in our moving, we will not depart from you and your ways. Be our leader, vision, and guide.
Lord, incline your ear to our prayers and petitions, in a way that only you can, for we live and move and have our being in you. In the name of the One who is the Lord of the ages, the same Jesus the Christ. Amen.
언제 어디서나 주님을 예배하고 사랑하며 섬길 사람들을 부르시는 시대의 주님, 우리를 미국장로교회로 세우시사 주임의 의지와 주님의 생각에 우리의 의지, 생각, 마음, 삶이 일치하는 공동체가 되게 하옵소서. 교회를 제도로 간주하는 포로 상태에서 벗어나 우리를 대신하여 이 지역과 세계의 지역사회에서 변화하는 정의를 향한 운동으로 우리를 부르시는 성령의 자유로 우리를 해방 시키소서. 진실로, 로마서에 있는 주님의 말씀은 확실하고 신뢰할 수 있습니다. 우리의 마음이 주님의 새로운 능력으로 주님 보시기에 온전하도록 변화시키시고 순종케 하옵소서.
볼티모어에서 224차 총회 (2020)로 모일 준비를 하는 교회로서, 우리와 함께, 모든 회중, 모든 노회, 모든 대회, 모든 기관, 모든 청년 자원봉사자, 모든 선교동역자, 모든 신학교, 모든 대학 및 종합대학, 모든 캠프 및 컨퍼런스 센터, 모든 에큐메니칼 및 사역의 파트너들, 모든 종교 간 파트너, 볼티모어의 지역 준비위원회의 모든 임무를 위하여 기도합니다. 은혜의 하나님, 우리 모두와 준비 사항의 모든 부분들을 감찰하옵소서. 우리가 움직일 때 우리가 주님과 주님의 길에서 떠나지 않도록 주님의 믿음과 희망과 사랑의 선물로 우리를 채워주소서. 우리의 지도자, 비전 및 가이드가 되어주소서.
주님, 주님이 하실 수 있는 방식으로 우리 기도와 간구에 귀를 기울이어 주시옵소서. 여러 시대의 주님이시고 한 분이신 예수 그리스도의 이름으로 기도드립니다. 아멘.
El Reverendo Dr. Neal D. Presa
El moderador de la 220º Asamblea General (2012)
Señor de los siglos, quien en todo momento y en cada lugar convoca a un pueblo para adorar, amar y servirte, nos forja como la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.) para ser una comunidad cuyas voluntades, mentes, corazones y vidas estén conformadas a tu voluntad y a tu corazón. Libéranos del cautiverio para considerar a tu Iglesia como una institución y, en cambio, danos la libertad de tu Espíritu que nos llama a un movimiento hacia tu justicia transformadora en las comunidades aquí y en todo el mundo. Verdaderamente, tu palabra en Romanos es segura y confiable, donde necesitamos ser transformados por tu poder renovador en nuestras mentes, conformados a ti, para que podamos discernir cuál es tu voluntad, y hacer lo que es bueno, aceptable y perfecto en tu vista.
Mientras la iglesia se prepara para reunirse como la 224a Asamblea General (2020) en Baltimore, muévanse entre nosotros/as y a través de nosotros/as, en cada congregación, en cada presbiterio, en cada sínodo, en cada agencia, en cada joven adulto/a voluntario/a y compañero/a de trabajo de misión, en cada seminario, en cada colegio y universidad, en cada campamento y centro de conferencias, en cada ministerio de nuestros socios ecuménicos y conciliares, en cada socio interreligioso, en las deliberaciones del comité sobre arreglos locales en Baltimore. Dios misericordioso, envuélvenos a todas las personas y a cada parte de nuestros preparativos. Llénanos con tus dones de fe, esperanza y amor para que, en nuestro movimiento, no nos separemos de ti y de tus caminos. Sé nuestro líder, visión y guía.
Señor, inclina tu oído a nuestras oraciones y peticiones, de una manera que solo tú puedas, porque vivimos, nos movemos y tenemos nuestro ser en ti. En el nombre de Aquel que es el Señor de los siglos, el mismo Cristo Jesús. Amén.
Day 6 - December 28, 2019
From Heath K. Rada
Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014)
You have called us into a fellowship and communion together as members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As such, we participate in a system developed by Christians from earlier days based on our adoration of you, and which also enables us to learn and benefit from others who share our faith. Consistently at our General Assemblies we see your Spirit enter into the hearts of those elected to lead us so we might “be your church.” In spite of our sinfulness, we seek not to mistreat those who differ from our positions but to respect various ways to understand God’s will, while recognizing that in matters of eternal life, God is the sole judge.
This year we will have the 224th meeting of our General Assembly. Once again, we ask that you help us in selecting leaders who will seek to do YOUR will, not their own. We ask that as various issues are brought before the assembly, there will be clarity and openness to follow your leadings. We offer to pray for all who will participate or be impacted by the assembly’s work.
This time in our history is challenging in many ways. Issues of injustice, corruption, anger, and division are present throughout our world and in our personal lives. May we be compassionate and understanding to those who differ from us—by race, gender, sexual orientation, political party, and others. One of the greatest challenges facing us today is the misuse of the term Christian by those who want it to be consistent with personal wants. It isn’t a mere difference in interpreting some of Jesus’ teachings. Instead it is an abusive use of Christ’s words, designed to show lack of love to our neighbors and to be judgmental. Help us not to fall into that pattern of thinking. Let our denomination be a place where following the example of Jesus Christ—love, respect, inclusivity, selflessness, courage—is our realized goal.
Day 5 - December 27, 2019
From the Rev. Jan Edmiston
Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly (2016)
General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Charlotte
[ 한국어 ] [ Español ]
God of storms and stillness: we praise you for being the Creator who continues to create, the Savior who spares us from our shame, and the Spirit who sparks our imaginations. We know that you do your best work when the world is in chaos. We trust you to bring us together in peace.
Smooth the jagged edges of our differences. Make us fluent in the language of gratitude. Give us the desire to listen deeply rather than merely wait for our turn to talk.
We pray today for …
The city workers of Baltimore who serve both guests and residents every day.
The hotel workers who will be our hosts in late June.
The ministry of The Center and their director, Kate Foster Connor, who prepare service projects for this assembly.
General Presbyter Jackie Taylor and all who serve in the offices of the Presbytery of Baltimore as we are about to inundate their space.
The Committee on Local Arrangements whose arrangements involve more details than we can possibly imagine.
Stamina and deep faith for all commissioners preparing to hear your Voice in the throes of meetings and long hours.
Discernment for all who will stand for Moderator or Co-Moderator of the 224th General Assembly (2020).
God of all wisdom and grace, prepare each of us for transformation. May our assembly transform the City of Baltimore for good. May this assembly bring awareness that we in your Church are concerned for “the least of these” in Baltimore and beyond. And we wholeheartedly pray that what happens in Baltimore would transform our communities and congregations back home to make a difference for good in all places for all people in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
샬럿 노회 총무
222차 총회 (2016) 공동총회장
폭풍과 고요의 하나님: 끊임없이 창조하시는 창조주, 우리를 수치심에서 구해 주시는 구세주, 그리고 우리의 상상력을 불러 일으키시는 성령님을 찬양합니다. 우리는 세상이 혼란에 빠졌을 때 주님은 최선을 다하심을 알고 있습니다. 우리는 평화 안에서 함께 하시는 주님을 믿습니다.
우리가 갖는 차이의 들쭉날쭉한 모서리들을 부드럽게 하옵소서. 감사의 언어를 유창히 말하게 하옵소서. 우리가 말할 차례가 오기를 기다리지만 말고 깊이 듣는 열망을 우리에게 주옵소서.
오늘 이렇게 기도합니다 …
매일 마다 방문객과 주민 모두에게 서비스를 제공하는 볼티모어 도시 직원들을 위하여
6월 말에 우리가 숙박할 호텔 직원들을 위하여
이 집회를 위해 봉사 프로젝트를 준비하는 센터와 케이트 포스터 코너 (Kate Foster Connor) 목사를 위하여
우리가 과도하게 사용할 공간을 준비하는 재키 테일러 총무와 볼티모어 노회 사무실에서 봉사하는 모든 사람들을 위하여
우리가 상상할 수 있는 것보다 더 자세한 내용을 다루고 있는 현지 준비위원회를 위하여
회의와 오랜 시간 동안 주님의 목소리를 들을 준비를 하는 모든 총대들의 체력과 깊은 신앙을 위하여
224차 총회 (2020) 총회장 또는 공동총회장 선거에 출마하는 모든 사람들에 대한 분별력을 위하여
모든 지혜와 은혜의 하나님, 우리 각자에게 변화를 준비시키옵소서. 우리의 집회가 볼티모어 도시를 변화시키기를 바랍니다. 이 집회가 주님의 교회 안에 있는 우리들이 볼티모어와 그 너머의 “가장 작은 자” 들에게 관심이 있다는 것을 인식하게 되기를 바랍니다. 우리는 볼티모어에서 일어난 일들로 인해 우리의 구주 예수 그리스도의 이름으로 모든 사람을 위해 모든 곳에서 선하심으로 변화시키는 사명을 갖고 지역사회와 회중들이 집으로 돌아갈 수 있기를 진심으로 기도합니다. 아멘.
Presbítera General del Presbiterio de Charlotte
Comoderadora de la 222a Asamblea General (2016)
Dios de las tormentas y la tranquilidad: te alabamos por ser el Creador que continúa creando, el Salvador que nos salva de nuestra vergüenza y el Espíritu que despierta nuestra imaginación. Sabemos que haces tu mejor trabajo cuando el mundo está en caos. Confiamos en que nos unirás a través de la paz.
Alisa los bordes imperfectos de nuestras diferencias. Haz que hablemos el lenguaje de la gratitud. Danos el deseo de escuchar profundamente en lugar de simplemente esperar nuestro turno para hablar.
Oramos hoy por …
Los/as trabajadores/as de la ciudad de Baltimore que atienden a huéspedes y residentes todos los días.
Los/as trabajadores/as del hotel que serán nuestros anfitriones a fines de junio.
El ministerio del Centro y su directora, Kate Foster Connor, quienes preparan proyectos de servicio para esta asamblea.
La presbítera general Jackie Taylor y todos los que sirven en las oficinas del presbiterio de Baltimore mientras estamos a punto de inundar su espacio.
El Comité de Arreglos Locales cuyos arreglos involucran más detalles de los que podemos imaginar.
Resistencia y profunda fe para todos los comisionados que se preparan para escuchar su voz en medio de reuniones y largas horas.
Discernimiento para todas las personas que será/n Moderador o Co-Moderadores de la 224ª Asamblea General (2020).
Dios de toda sabiduría y gracia, prepáranos a cada uno/a de nosotros/as para la transformación. Que nuestra asamblea transforme la ciudad de Baltimore para siempre. Que esta asamblea tome conciencia de que nosotros/as en tu Iglesia estamos preocupados por “el menor de estos” en Baltimore y más allá. Y oramos de todo corazón para que lo que suceda en Baltimore transforme nuestras comunidades y congregaciones locales para marcar la diferencia en todos los lugares para todas las personas en el nombre de Jesucristo, nuestro Salvador. Amén.
Day 4 - December 26, 2019
From Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri
Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly (2018)
Dios de nuestras vidas,
Estamos agradecidos y agradecidas por tu amor y gracia para con nos,
por tus misericordias que son nuevas cada día …
We are grateful for your love and grace bestowed upon us,
for your mercies that are new each day …
for the ways your Spirit compels us and moves us to act in grace towards others.
Thank you for showing us what it means to love truly and fully,
to love beyond words in acts of care and justice.
As we head towards the next General Assembly,
search us, O God, and know our hearts and thoughts.
Prepare us to be together as PC(USA) family
to do your work in this expression of the body of Christ.
May we be known by your love
as we gather to worship you from different places, languages, and backgrounds,
as we serve in the assembly committees,
as we navigate overtures and commissioners’ resolutions,
as we are present and alive in the city of Baltimore.
May your grace, love, and mercy be our north.
May our work be a sacrifice of praise to you.
Sean Tu gracia, amor y misericordia nuestro norte.
Sea nuestra labor un sacrificio de alabanza a ti.
En el nombre de Jesús,
Day 3 - December 25, 2019
From the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann
Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly (2018)
Faithful God, throughout the ages you have gathered your people together to discern your will, to learn your ways, and to be equipped for your work. As we prepare to be gathered together in Baltimore for the 224th General Assembly, we focus our hearts and minds to you.
Send your Spirit to create fertile ground in the souls of all those who have been elected as commissioners and delegates to this General Assembly. Grant us the wisdom and compassion of your Spirit, that our minds may be prepared to see your work among us and our hearts may be enlarged to encompass all of your very good creation.
Make us more fully into your people, Christ-like in word and deed, seeking justice and sharing the Good News of your salvation. May we fully put on the new creation, claiming the promise that in Christ we are made new, that the old ways and old struggles are gone, as the new life you desire is made manifest within us.
Teach us to be continuously in prayer, praising your name and seeking your ways, for your glory and for the sake of the courageous witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For it is only through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, that we can fulfill your call, almighty God.
Day 2 - December 24, 2019
From the Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett
Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency
[ 한국어 ]
Good and Gracious God,
As we prepare for our 224th General Assembly
We worship you.
We praise you.
We thank you for
Your mercies towards us.
They are new every morning
Great is thy faithfulness!
Patient and Forgiving God,
We confess that for too many congregations,
Mid councils and entities in our church
Self-preservation is the focus,
Institutional survival the mission.
Remind us that
It is when we lose our life,
That we find it.
Cleanse our lives and
Bathe our bodies
In the waters of grace.
Give us open minds and
Discerning hearts to hear what the
Spirit is saying as we
Seek to be a Matthew 25 Church.
Creative and Resourceful God,
Teach us how to eradicate systemic poverty.
How to clench the corporate greed and an insatiable drive for power
That widens the gap between the rich and the poor.
Help us to know that while it is good to serve the hungry at soup kitchens
We must also ask why they need the stew.
Righteous and Just God,
Show us how to dismantle structural racism
that seeps into every structure of our society—
Poisoning our minds with
Against the “least of these”
Whom we often
Judge as different and deficient.
Creative and Reforming God,
Stand with us as we seek to develop vital congregations.
Breathe new life into dry bones.
Ignite our faith.
Inspire our ministry.
Revive our church.
Provide the provision for your vision.
Make us fishers of people
And agents of your
And may the power of your presence
And the Presence of your power be felt
In Baltimore and throughout the nation,
Long after we have departed the assembly hall.
In the name of Jesus, we pray.
224차 총회(2020년)를 위한 기도문
Diane Givens Moffett 목사
장로교 총회 선교국의 대표 겸 사무국장
2019년 12월 10일에 제출
선하고 은혜로우신 하나님
224차 총회를 준비하면서
우리는 주님을 예배합니다.
우리는 주님을 찬송합니다.
주의 자비가 우리를 향해 오고 있습니다.
그것들은 매일 아침 새롭습니다.
주님의 신실함은 위대합니다!
인내와 용서의 하나님,
너무 많은 교회, 중간공의회와 단체들이
자기 보호가 초점입니다.
제도적 생존이 임무입니다.
그 점을 상기시켜 주십시오.
우리가 목숨을 버릴 때
찾을 수 있다는 것을.
우리의 삶을 깨끗하게 하시사
우리 몸을 씻어 주소서
우리의 마음을 열어 주소서.
성령이 무엇을 말하는지
우리 가슴이 알도록 하옵소서.
마태복음은25장 교회가 되기 위하여
창조적이시며 풍성한 자원의 하나님,
우리에게 체계적인 빈곤을 근절하는 방법을 가르쳐주세요.
기업의 욕심과 만족할 줄 모르는 권력욕구를 어떻게 억제할 수 있을까요?
그렇게 하지 않으면 빈부 격차가 더 벌어집니다.
배고픈 사람들을 먹이는 것이 좋은 반면, 우리가 또한 어떻게 하여야 할지 알 수 있도록 도와주세요.
우리는 또한 그들에게 음식이 왜 필요한지 물어봐야 합니다.
옳고 정의로운 하나님,
구조적인 인종차별주의를 해체하는 방법을 보여주세요.
우리 사회의 모든 구조에 스며들어 있습니다
휴먼 서비스 등입니다.
근거 없는 편견 등이
우리 마음을 독살하고 있습니다:
“가장 작은 자들”을 억누릅니다.
우리는 그들을 자주
다르고 부족하다고 판단합니다.
창조적이고 개혁의 하나님,
우리가 활기찬 회중을 발전시키려고 할 때 우리와 함께 서주세요.
마른 뼈에 새 생명을 불어넣어 주세요.
우리의 믿음의 불을 지펴 주시고
우리 사역을 자극하여 주세요.
우리 교회를 부흥시키세요.
주님 비전을 제공하여 주시고
우리를 사람들을 낚는 어부로 만들어 주세요.
그리고 주님의 요원들로서
그리고 주님 존재의 힘으로
그리고 주님 권능이 함께
볼티모어와 전국 각지에서
우리가 회의장을 떠난 후에도 오래 지속되게 하소서
예수님의 이름으로 기도합니다.
Day 1 - December 23, 2019
From the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Gracious, loving, and almighty God,
At our baptism, you gifted us with grace sufficient to fulfill the calling you have made on our lives.
In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you have saved and redeemed us, giving us his example of how you intend us to be your people.
By the Holy Spirit, you have given us your presence in our lives and your power to face life’s challenges.
As we prepare to gather as the 224th General Assembly (2020) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)
We acknowledge our failures and shortcomings as a people and as a denomination.
However, we also acknowledge your sufficiency to lead us, empower us, and sustain us for the work you have given us to do.
Prepare our hearts and the hearts of those being chosen as commissioners to the 224th General Assembly (2020).
May our preparations at home and our deliberations in Baltimore be guided by your Spirit;
Confident that you are speaking through the voice of our gathering
And that, by your power, the whole church may be joined
In love and service to Jesus Christ, who,
Having gone before us, is coming to meet us
In the promise of your Kindom.
The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)