Please prepare me for the ministry. Help me to always keep one ear turned toward the community and one toward you. Help me to have “burning patience” that allows me to stay calm and not be short tempered. Don’t allow me to settle or get too comfortable. Help the congregations of the churches where I am appointed to be open to new possibilities, to trust me and to inspire me. Help us to be a place of new growth and resurrection. These things I pray in Christ’s name. Amen.