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A peek inside the PHS leadership prayer circle

Presbyterian Homes leadership prayer“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.”
— Proverbs 3:5–6, NIV

These timeless words inspire us to live out our value of Christian Ministry. In the calm or in the storm, a simple practice anchors us: seeking wisdom through prayer and reflection.

And it starts with leading by example. For as long as anyone can remember, every Wednesday at 7 o’clock in the morning, the PHS leadership team comes together to pray.

Seated in a circle, within the small, intimate chapel of the PHS home office in Roseville, MN, leaders begin with a Scripture reading and reflection. Today’s is from John 15:5, in which Jesus tells his disciples:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

'God does the work  we abide in Him'

Susan Raper, a Regional Operations Director, reflects, “Taking a closer look at John 15, I notice Jesus repeats the verb ‘remain’ throughout, which also means ‘stay’ or ‘abide’ in the original Greek. And so, I’m reminded that our faith is about relationship, rather than achieving, performing or completing a checklist. God does the work  we abide in Him. This leads to joy and being purpose-filled."

Each week special attention is also given to one of PHS’s 50 communities. Leaders listen, for example, to the community administrator’s summary of the joys and concerns at Mount Carmel Bluffs in Dubuque, IA.

Despite the physical distance — some 250 miles — prayer anchors all PHS in community and purpose.

To the sounds of birds chirping beyond the stained glass windows, the group now enters a time of silence and prayer.

Presbyterian Homes leadership prayerLifting up joys and concerns from across PHS, they follow the ACTS method of prayer. The following are prayers spoken aloud as each one felt led:

(A) Adoration
…Father, we praise you because you are our Redeemer. You are mighty and the God of hope. Everything belongs to you. We acknowledge that you know all things and see all things perfectly.

(C) Confession
…Lord, we come to you in a moment of silence and confess to you what is on our hearts and ask that you center our day.
…We need your extra grace to allow us to focus on the right things. 

(T) Thanksgiving
…Thank you for a renewed sense of community as we come out of the pandemic.
…We’re grateful for the chance to serve older adults in locations where they were previously underserved.
…Thank you for the talented individuals in this ministry, who will wrestle with tough questions under your guidance and in fear and awe of you. They respect your Words and seek out your purpose for us.

(S) Supplication
…We lift up every individual who crosses the threshold to enter into work today. Thank you for their choice to serve and for the gifts and experiences they bring to enrich the lives of older adults. Please bring more individuals with servants' hearts, who will seek your light and wisdom. Amen.

Prayer: an essential for leadership

Brandon Due, VP of Communication, explains, “It is easy to get caught up in the demands of the day, and I’ve seen how this practice has helped ground PHS leaders in community with one another and in our mission to honor God.”

Peter Gregory, Co-General Counsel, describes the prayer time as “a wonderful discipline of the heart for me.” He values the steady and powerful reminder that “whatever our role is, it’s in support of caring for people with eternity in view.”

CEO and President Dan Lindh, who recently celebrated 45 years at PHS and who hosts the prayer circle, concludes simply, “It’s how we anchor the whole ministry in God’s Word and purpose.”

“We Will” is a series that spotlights inspiring examples of teamwork at PHS. With God’s blessing, We Will work together to build a better, brighter future for the older adults we serve.

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