This is one of the questions in the Rite of Installation of a Pastor:
Will you be diligent in your study of the holy scriptures
and in your use of the means of grace?
Will you love, serve, and pray for God’s people,
nourish them with the word and sacraments,
and lead them by your own example in faithful service and holy living?
I will, and I ask God to help me.
I do pray for you, people of God in Zion.
You are remembered as I compose Sunday’s “Prayers for the People.” I respond to your requests in prayer. We have shared prayers in hospital rooms and in my office space. Often times you are in my early morning prayers, called out by name or community. I have been caught up “at all times and in all places” during the Holy Meal, giving thanks for those who have channeled God’s grace and love. I will even pray for you as I share the bread, speaking the promise of God’s “for you.”
And, I confess, sometimes my prayers are for your patience and forgiveness.
I am writing, requesting your help in changing my prayer life. Rather than praying for you; may I pray with you? Is there a time or place in the near future when we can visit? It would be my privilege to meet in your home or office or favorite café.
In the meantime, please pray for me.
In and through Christ,
+ Pastor Steve Klemz
office: 801 582 2321
cell: 801 414 4833
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ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
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Salt Lake City, UT 84108