June 26, 2018

For your prayers –

Over 400 Central/Southern Illinois Synod youth, chaperones, and volunteers are traveling to and from – and participating in – the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston (June 27 - July 1).  Almost 30,000 youth, chaperones, and volunteers from the 65 synods of the ELCA are registered for the event, “This Changes Everything”, the theme drawn from Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”  You can check my Instagram site for photos over the next few days.

O God, present in power in every place: preserve, we pray you, all who travel, and particularly our young people and chaperones participating in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering.  Surround them with your loving care and protect them from every danger.  Send your Holy Spirit to kindle in them fervent zeal for your glory, joy in your service, and appreciation for your grace.  Deepen within them a sense of holy purpose in life, and unite them in loyalty to you and in love for those who would be strangers and outsiders.  We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.