A Prayer for Church Health
The following prayer was written by Fr. Dennis Rhodes while he was Rector of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Waterbury, CT, and was offered during divine services during their first ONCD cycle in 2009-2010.

O Lord of the harvest, who planted the seed of Your Word in us and watered it with Your grace,

look upon us now as we work to prepare the soil of our hearts

so that the seed may grow and produce fruit in abundance, both in us and in our parish community.

Show us how to build each other up for the work of ministry.

Help us to use the talents and abilities You have given us for the well-being of the Church.

Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, that our hearts may be aflame with love for You.

Enable us to structure our lives and our community that Your love and mercy

may more effectively be shown in the world.

Inspire us as we gather in community to worship You

and to receive You in the holy Gifts of Your Body and Blood.

In our daily lives, help us to maintain our fellowship for the building up of ourselves and our community.

Show us how to reach out to those around us with the Word of Your Kingdom.

Help us to love each other that the light of the Gospel may shine in and through us.

O Lord, Jesus Christ our God, look now upon our Parish and bless our efforts.

Enable us, through Your great love for mankind, to search out our strengths and weaknesses.

Where we are strong, give us the understanding to increase our strengths.

Where we are weak, give us the courage and insight to overcome our weaknesses.

In all we do, make us witness of Your Kingdom.

For You are a merciful God who loves mankind, and to You we send up glory:

to Your Father who is without beginning and Your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit;

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Orthodox NCD
8 Surdi Place; Babylon, NY 11702