Before we begin:
- Let us Provide a Little background and context for MINISTRY OF PRESENCE
- Take 2 minutes for each of us to engage in a private time with God to serve as a Ministry of Presence; and
- We will Close with a brief Corporate Prayer
The ministry of presence is the ministry of being there—of simply gathering as we are doing this evening. This may seem like a little thing, but it matters. It’s genuinely a MINISTRY of serving others.
Through the ministry of presence, you can bring comfort to the hurting—You can help relieve and lighten the burden (knowing others are sharing in carrying the weight of the challenge) without ever being ordained or certified. You do not have to be anything but available to be a wonderful tool in the hand of God.
For those of you who are students of the Bible, this ministry happened in the life of Job. The account can be found in Job 2:13. This ministry of presence is a ministry without a spoken word. Francis of Assisi expressed it well when he said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
- Reject the view that simply quoting scripture will eliminate sorrow.
- Refrain from the temptation to say something profound.
- Refuse any expectation of eliminating grief by your insight.
- Resist the perspective that you must speak in order to express love.
The greatest ability as a friend is availability. Just show up—and you exercise the ministry of presence. When God calls us to serve, He calls us to come alongside others and become a part of their lives. He uses us to hold each other up.
Ministry of presence means that we will serve people even when it might make us uncomfortable. We will stand with people in the midst of anxiety and fear. [This was the ministry of the Apostle Paul]
When I serve in this way, I remind myself that: “I’m not here to keep you from freaking out. I’m here to be with you while you freak out–, grieve, laugh, suffer or sing. I am showing up with a loving heart. Reminding myself and the people I am serving it is a ministry of presence.”
Take a deep breath.
Sink into your spirit and connect with God’s presence within. It is time to communicate with God without spoken words. Stay aligned with Him, as you pray. It is a way to engage others in the midst of their struggles and to celebrate with them in moments of victory.
This is a ministry without spoken words for challenges and thanks for which you desire God’s help or express your gratefulness. We’re pleased that you’re serving as a Ministry of Presence for Volunteers of America Chesapeake and the Carolinas.
LET US PRAY!
[Pause for two minutes for each of us to have private time for prayer with God; I will close with a brief Corporate Prayer]
And SO, it is.
Prayer Before Starting Work
My Heavenly Father, as I enter this work place,
I bring Your presence with me.
I speak Your peace, Your grace, Your mercy,
and Your perfect order into this office.
I acknowledge Your power over all that
will be spoken, thought, decided, and done within these walls.
Lord, I thank You for the gifts You have blessed me with.
I commit to using them responsibly in Your honor.
Give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job.
Anoint my projects, ideas, and energy,
so that even my smallest accomplishment
may bring You glory.
Lord, when I am confused, guide me.
When I am weary, energize me. When I am
burned out, infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit.
May the work that I do and the way I do it bring
faith, joy, and a smile to all that I come in
contact with today. And oh Lord,
when I leave this place, give me traveling mercy.
Bless my family and home to be in order as I left it.
Lord, I thank you for everything You’ve done,
everything You’re doing, and everything You’re going to do.
In the Name of Jesus I pray, with much love and thanksgiving
PRAY CORPORATE PRAYER
HEAR OUR PRAYERS O’ LORD
INCLINE THINE EAR TO US AND GRANT US THY:
HOPE, PEACE, JOY, AND LOVE AS WE ENTRUST OUR REQUESTS TO YOU.
LET THE WORDS OF OUR MOUTHS AND MEDITATIONS OF OUR HEARTS, DURING THIS MEETING, BE ACCEPTABLE AS WE SERVE AS LEADERS FOR VOACC.
PRAYER TO START YOUR DAY
Thank you, God, for this new day. “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118: 24) Thank you for all the blessing in my life. [Pause and name them – health, family, home, job, clean water, salvation, etc.] Lord you said in your Word, “And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward”. (Colossians 3: 23, 24) As I go to work today, let me work by Your Words. Dear Lord, I thank you for being my rock, my fortress, my deliver and my strength this day! (Psalm 18: 2) Empower me and grant me Godly wisdom today with your precious Holy Spirit to face and overcome all the challenges that I might face. Guide my actions and I may I have great success. I thank you in advance for helping me! In Jesus wonderful name I pray. Amen!
PRAYER FOR STRENGTH AND REFUGE
Thank you, God, for being my refuge and strength. You are a very present help in in time of trouble. Help me to be strong and not to fear, even when the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. God you are here in the midst of where I am at. God help me to be aware of your presence and love. You are the Lord of Hosts, the All-Mighty, my strength and my refuge. I thank you in advance for helping me! In Jesus wonderful name I pray. Amen! (Psalm 46 Scripture reference)
PRAYER IN A TIME OF DISASTER
Dear God, you are my comfort and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos. “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comfort delights my soul.” (Psalm 94: 19) Lord, surround me now with your grace and peace through the storm of this disaster. By your Spirit, comfort, lift me up and all those who have been affected by the disaster. Help all of us work together during the rescue and rebuilding process. Help us never to loss hope in you and keep our faith from wavering during this difficult time. Thank you, God! In Jesus wonderful name I pray. Amen!
A PRAYER FOR RESCUE, RECOVERY AND RELIEF WORKERS
Thank you, God, for the rescue, recovery and relief worker during this pandemic time and other times of crisis locally, nationally and internationally. You are our help and hope when waters rise, you brought Israel safely through the sea. Lord, sustain all those who seek to save others, so that they may repair the ruined cities, raise up the former devastations, and be the restorers of streets to live in; through Jesus Christ, our eternal savior. Thank you, God! In Jesus wonderful name I pray. Amen! (Isaiah 58, 61 Scripture reference)
A PRAYER FOR HELP DURING THE CORONAVIRUS
Thank you, God, that I am alive to pray during this coronavirus pandemic. I ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. You are powerful and merciful. Dear, God, you put your mercy above your judgement. Have mercy on us all. My God, have mercy, for in you we will take refuge. We will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1) Lord I pray for those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence in their isolation, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Dear Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful. May your mercy come quickly to meet them, for they are in desperate need. (Psalm 79:8) God of all Comfort and Counsel, I pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved-ones. May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick and the elderly. [pause] God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer – “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10) Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care for those suffering from the pandemic. May this be our prayer – “Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1-2) God, you are our protector, I claim the promises of the words of Psalm 91: “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:3-7). “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever.” (2 Timothy 4:18). In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.