Weekly thoughts from the Rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where these words remind us that Jesus’ peace goes with us into the world.
Today is a special day in our life together at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. It’s when we come together for a combined worship service, elect new leaders at our annual meeting, and stay for a wonderful lunch in the parish hall. So join me in praying for our community of faith:
Loving God, in holy baptism you have gathered us together across all human divisions and reconciled us to yourself in one body through the cross. Strengthen us now by your presence, that our thoughts and actions may be rooted and grounded in your love for us; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
O God, full of compassion, we commit and commend ourselves to you, in whom we live and move and have our being. Be the goal of our pilgrimage, and our rest by the way. Give us refuge under the shadow of your wings. Let our hearts, so often a sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Almighty God, you have built your church upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone. Grant that the people of this congregation may be joined together as a holy temple, a place where you dwell. Send your Holy Spirit upon us that, guided by your word and strengthened by your sacraments, we may gather together at our annual meeting for the good of your church and the glory of your name; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
— The Rev. Neil Alan Willard, Rector