For the Care We Offer Each Other

For the Care We Offer Each Other

Liz Weber

Note: This blessing is for the many shared ministries of pastoral care. Please add or subtract named groups as appropriate to match the specific ministries of your congregation.
 
It takes all sorts of caring to create a supportive community.

We give thanks for those who provide this care
and offer them our blessing.

We think of the comfort we find in another person’s presence:
Pastoral Care Team members
and Small Group Ministry leaders
who listen when we are in pain,
and Pastoral Choir singers who bring music to our homes.

We give thanks for those who provide this care
and offer them our blessing.

We think of our material needs:
a meal that arrives on our doorstep,
a ride to an appointment,
other help in hard times.

We give thanks for those who provide this care
and offer them our blessing.

We think of the symbolic reminders of this community:
prayer shawls, baby blankets, thinking-of-you cards.

We give thanks for those who provide this care
and offer them our blessing.

We think of the network behind it all:
the Pastoral Care Council, the library, the resources we share.

We give thanks for those who provide this care
and offer them our blessing.

Finally, we think of you who are not official lay leaders,
but who have called your fellow congregant to check in on them,
who have listened with an open heart during Sunday School or coffee hour,
who have lent a helping hand to another member or friend in need.

We give thanks for those who provide this care
and offer them our blessing.
For all of the ways that we care for one another,
we give thanks and offer our blessing.
Amen.

 

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