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A Prayer for Crestview

During this past Holy Week, we were blessed to once again walk figuratively with Christ through that tumultuous time in Jerusalem long ago. We heard the shouts of Hosanna amidst the waving of palm branches and supped with the Disciples in the Upper Room to receive the new covenant in Christ. We prayed fervently in the garden of Gethsemane, imagined the insults and agonies on that bittersweet Good Friday, and celebrated the glorious resurrection on Easter. With Christ as our head and Crestview called to be His body, we know that all of us have been brought together at this particular time and place, and under these circumstances, to use the different talents and gifts accorded us to strengthen the body and build our ministry here. Every time we share communion, we remember that first one long ago. Keeping Christ in full view, we confidently move forward in God’s perfect plan.

During Lent, a group of us met to talk and pray about our worries, concerns, and mixed emotions as Crestview enters a time of transition and potential change resulting from Pastor Shawn’s leaving. The rest of this month’s message is an extended prayer the group made. As you feel led, I would encourage you to pray for Crestview and our wonderful congregation.

Father God, we thank you for bringing us together to talk and pray about Crestview in this time of transition. You hear our concerns and feelings of uncertainty when faced with potential changes in leadership and church direction. You also hear our expressions of gratitude and optimism for the future. We know and declare that you are the Great I Am, the One who does not change and who gives our lives and fortunes an unshakeable foundation. We know you are in control, here in your church and among your people, bringing us good plans and a bright future.

We are profoundly grateful for the many mercies, blessings, and opportunities you have showered upon Crestview for more than 60 years and thus look forward confidently to the future. We thank you for all the good preachers and teachers—past and present–who have provided strong Biblical instruction for adults, youth and children. We remember our vibrant worship services, stirring music, wonderful Christian fellowship, sacrificial giving, and dedicated missional outreach into our community, our nation, and the world. We thank you for our leaders—Pastor Sara Jane, Elders, Deacons and church staff who team together to plan and manage the work of the church and help nurture and care for the congregation. Big thanks also for all those unsung people who work tirelessly behind the scenes planning, providing and carrying out the many wonderful activities, church-wide events and fellowship opportunities we love.

Scripture reminds us how people in the Bible reacted to and faced worries, concerns and changes in their own lives. Like us, they sometimes sinned, made mistakes and did not fare well but, at other times, the people learned from you how to live in proper relationships and thus prospered. Help us to learn from these lessons how, with the Spirit’s guidance, we can confidently handle periods of uncertainty and change. For more than 60 years, Crestview has moved forward through many seasons—some of turmoil and questioning, but mostly seasons of love and promise. We will continue to do so, praying for wisdom, discernment and patience during this time of transition.

Like the painted stones we gathered during Lent, Crestview raises our own Ebenezer and confidently proclaims that “thus far the Lord has helped us.” We know that the Spirit is always with us and that good plans and an inspiring future beckons. The grace and mercy bought at the Cross opened up eternity through Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and always. As we celebrate the wondrous sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, we affirm Paul’s ringing declaration that “Now is the day of salvation.” AMEN

Bruce Fairbairn, Elder