A Farewell Gift from a Parishioner at Prosper UMC

Heavenly Father, we thank you today for your work in creation and the abundant blessings that we have as Your children.
We thank you for the glorious gospel; the gift of your Son Jesus Christ as the one mediator between God and man.
Thank you for the church, the company of the redeemed, and for the local church where believers gather to express their faith and obedience such as we do here at Prosper United Methodist Church.
Thank you for the gift of Pastor Drenner, which your Word says you gave to your church "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12, 13).
Thank you for Pastor Drenner and his faithfulness to your cause, for the Bible says, "it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:2).
Thank you for his personal commitment to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and to the Word of God.
Thank you for the love he has for his wife and family demonstrating a stable and healthy family.  For the Scripture says of church leadership, "he must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect" (1 Timothy 3:4). Please continue to bless and protect James, Miles, and Linus; We pray that they will grow up with a positive impression of church ministry.
Thank you for his thoughtful exposition of your Word, as he heeds your call to "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2).
Thank you for his leadership in our church services and the orderly manner in which he leads us, seeking to fulfill the Biblical call that "all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40).
Thank you for his interest in the flock under his care and the burden that he carries for your people.
Thank you for Christy and her compliment to his leadership and her service and thoughtfulness as well.  Please continue to bless her ministry and protect her daily.
May you continue to confer your richest blessing upon this ministry couple as they seek to fulfill their call amongst us and thus bring You glory.

In the powerful name of Jesus Christ we pray, AMEN.

(posted by michale hewlett.  she said to not credit it her with since it's not all original to her.  so i'll just say thank you and you are awesome michale!)

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