Lord, first we confess we are nothing without you. We understand that it is your Son who brought us to salvation, and it is your sovereign hand that brought this body of believers together in Commerce Community Church. We acknowledge it is you who have called Tim Thomas to be an ordained Elder at C3.
Lord, we ask in accord with Pastor David Ferguson’s sermon from 1 Timothy 4:6-16, that you would extend to him the grace to fulfill the calling of eldership to which you have called him. We ask for your guiding hand as he transitions into his new role as a servant leader in our church. We ask you to grant him the strength, wisdom, and humility to lead, along with the other elders, the sheep you have entrusted in his care. We ask that you would not only work in and through him to teach correct doctrine, with his hope set on the living God, but also that you would work in and through us to willingly submit and obey Tim, so that he will keep watch over our souls with joy. We ask that you would be with Tim as he leads his wife Emily and their children Harrison, Violet, Maggie, and little Jubilee. We ask for your protection in their marriage and in raising their children as an example to the body. We ask that he would not grow weary, but that, through your strength, he would persist in helping to lead this church in the practice of the reading of Scripture, and exhorting and teaching the body.
Lord, we trust in your sovereign work of salvation in our individual lives, in establishing the body at C3, and in calling Tim to be an Elder. We have assurance that you will fulfill Tim’s resolve for good to give you glory, by your power. We have confidence that you will enable him to toil and strive alongside his fellow elders, David, Ron, and Kevin, for training in godliness according to your word.
Lord, we know you are a God who fulfills his promises, and you have promised to be with us always and to sanctify us in your word, which is truth. So we ask that you would work in and through us as we seek to live godly and peaceable lives in obedience to the elders you have given over us, as they seek to be in obedience to you. We ask that you would enable our elders, along with the congregation, to be lights in and around the community in order to live in command with your word to make disciples of all nations, and teach them to obey all of your commandments.
Lord, you are most gracious, ever to be adored, God of Mercy. We thank you always for the love you have for us in Christ Jesus our Lord. We thank you once again for calling our dear brother Tim to the office of ordained Elder. We thank you for his commitment first to you, and from his love and obedience to you, his commitment to love your people and his wife and children. We thank you for Tim, and our other elders. We thank you for calling him. And we ask that we would continually be thankful for your kindness and your mercy to the band of believers you have called to be here in C3.