I’ve adapted this prayer from the Reformed Book of Common Order on “Constituting the Kirk Session”. We began our elders meeting by praying it tonight.
“We give you thanks, O God, for your Son Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord, and for the glorious gospel made known through Him. We Thank you for His Church upon earth, founded by Him to continue the proclamation of the gospel. We Thank You for His Church in this place, for the light that has shone for many centuries, and still shines, here.
O God, who has called us to serve You in this city in our day and generation, guide us by Your Holy Spirit as now we constitute ourselves a court of Your Church. May we seek first Your Kingdom. Not being slothful in business, but fervent in spirit and serving the Lord, may we persevere in the work which we have been ordained to do, and set a worthy example in all things.
We pray for your people, the homes and the various ministries entrusted to our care, oversight and discipline.
We ask these things, with the forgiveness of our sins, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”