Praying for Chaplains

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God of the whole world,

We give thanks for
and celebrate the ministry of chaplains.

We rejoice that through this ministry,
people are able to respond to your calling
and join in with your mission in the world.

We are encouraged by the stories from chaplains
of how you are working in so many different places:
isolated farms, bustling shopping centres, hectic school corridors,
quiet prison cells, new housing estates, busy hospital wards,
stressful workplaces, challenging places of conflict,
happy care homes, lively party zones, universities, colleges,
and in an endless list of places where people are.

We pray for chaplains,
that they may be strengthened by your love,
and encouraged by others.

We pray that their daily living out of vocation,
being present to and for others,
is recognised as one of the greatest acts of love and faith.

We celebrate that through great small things,
as mustard seeds are sown,
you nurture with love and bring growth
and transformation for the redemption of the world. Amen.

Written by Gary Hopkins

A Prayer of Commitment for Chaplains

Loving and generous God,
I give you thanks for the calling you have placed on my life:
for the opportunity to minister to others through chaplaincy.

I recognise the privilege to serve you in this way:
to meet people where they are
and to love others with generosity.

I pray that you may strengthen me in all that I do,
that I may notice your presence in the ordinary,
and recognise when you are nudging me to respond.

May I live a life that attracts people to your goodness,
and demonstrates good news for all people.

Grant me the wisdom to know
that your reign is built through small daily actions,
where love can grow and wholeness be known.

Holy God,
I commit to being part of your transformation of the world:
use all that I am and all that I have
as you redeem your creation. Amen.

Written by Gary Hopkins