Prayer for pastors anniversary

A number of pastors were reminded that God placed a special call on them to serve and to lead his people during the 13th anniversary celebration of Pastors of Prayer International, by Bishop Ian Brathwaite, Pastor of Prayer’s president.

Brathwaite told them that as anointed leaders they should take a stand in their “daily walk and talk” as they are representatives of God. He reminded them that an anointed pastor should be a follower before becoming a leader.

And he told them that their speech should exemplify godly principles at all times.

“Notwithstanding, that there will be many times, negative tongues will rise to condemn spiritual leaders, your commitment should be to live holy and remain grounded in Christ,” said Braithwaite.

He further said that as an anointed servant of God their word, counsel or message should always be godly whenever they are advising people, and given in a respectable manner.

“God is depending on you to protect the anointing placed upon you,” he said.

Brathwaite encouraged the pastors to continually commit to daily prayers at least three times a day, because he said God only uses a soldier he can trust. He also encouraged them to urge other pastors to pray without ceasing. He told them that their prayers every Sunday morning on the 6 a.m. telephone lines was keeping the nation covered in the blood of Jesus.

“God has chosen you to pray for pastors, and you should not become weary, because God will take care of you.”

Pastors of Prayer celebrated their anniversary under the theme “Pastors Anointed for God’s Service” at The Oasis of Love Ministries on Faith Avenue North where Bishop Chester Rolle is the host pastor.

Braithwaite’s message centered around 1 Samuel 16: 1-7 — the text in which Samuel did not know what God was doing. The pastor said the story affirmed that God’s “providence” operates beyond the spectrum in which people’s sight operates, but even so they remain within God’s view.

“We tend to individualize so many of the messages of the Bible. It is important to note that it is the community of faith that is under God’s care. Neither Saul nor David’s older brothers might have understood the way in which God was providing for Israel as a good way, but God’s eyes were on the people as a whole and not merely the individuals. The central drama in 1 Samuel 16 is a much-loved story. Jesse brought each of his first seven sons before Samuel to see which son would be anointed as king. When the eldest son Eliab, who was tall and fair, passed before Samuel, the prophet thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.”

Braithwaite said God’s response has echoed down through the ages.

A Pastoral Anniversary is an excellent opportunity to spend time with your spiritual leader and look back on years of service. Celebrations don’t have to be expensive or extravagant.

Personalized Pastor Anniversary Gifts

Sometimes the simplest ideas, such as pastor anniversary poems, can make the most impact. There are many kinds of beautiful poems for pastoral anniversaries. Below are some examples of poems that you may be interested in.

These anniversary poems are a great option for the appreciation wording on a pastor anniversary gift. At, you can customize a crystal pastor anniversary award just for your pastor.

Ask the artists at to help you to design a crystal award layout based on your pastor’s interests and taste. This crystal plaque resembling the shape of a Bible, makes a unique personalized anniversary tribute to celebrate with your pastor on his anniversary.

Pastor Blessing Prayer

by Paul Berchtold

In prayer today, Lord, we uplift,
Thank you for your special gift,
A pastor for our flock to feed,
To plant your Word as holy seed.
Lord, you’re good shepherd over all,
Thank you for your special call,
On this anniversary day,
Bless our shepherd in every way,
Grant our pastor a shepherd’s heart,
Help each of us to do our part,
So we be worthy, your chosen flock,
Firmly founded on Christ the Rock.
Grant our pastor many days,
Bless him, Lord, in many ways.
May his work be ever fruitful,
For which we, Lord, are most grateful.
May our pastor be faithful, Lord,
To receive from you, eternal reward,
Safe in heaven, safe with you,
May all your flock rejoice anew. Amen.

Poem About Pastors

by Cheryl Lamont

God surveyed all His creation,
Looking from His Heavenly Throne
“They hurry, scurry and run about,
With agendas of their own.
I call and compel them,
To come and sup with Me
But no longer are they hungry,
They’re too busy, don’t you see.
My children whom I’ve called,
Once had fire in their soul

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The Smiles Within My Heart

This pastor anniversary poem was specifically written for a pastor’s 15th anniversary at the author’s church.

If my smile is only for a moment,
When things are going right.
What good is such a fading thing?
With such a fickle plight?
The feature that I long for,
Is like a fine piece of art.
One that truly shows the hope,
That exists in my heart.
A picture that is so amazing,
Words cannot define.
There is a healthy dose of compassion,
At the center of it’s design.
But a smile is all I really have,
That can show in just a spark.
The feelings that I hold inside,
The real emotions of my heart.
So with this in mind, I must be sure,
To maintain a joyful grin.
For you never know just who is watching,
Or who is looking in.
For others will judge me by the way,
I react when things go wrong.
They will be focusing on the words of my lips,
Be it a sound of sorrow or a joyful song.
A smile will show my inner truth,
If in hard times it remains.
But the lack of a grin can display,
A heart full of disdain.
This is why I fill my life with God.
For He protects my world from the dark.
And allows the light to shine,
From the smile within my heart.

Pastoral Perspective

By Tom Mulhern

Pastor, pastor, what do you see
When you look out on your anniversary?
Do you see sinners who need to be saved
Or a parking lot that needs to be paved?
Do you see youth who need to be guided
Or a building that needs roofed and sided?
Do you see a choir singing in praise
Or deacons who forgot to give you a raise?
Sublime and petty, it’s all there to see
And we lift it all up on your anniversary.

What Are Your Pastor Like In Your Heart

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
The world and those who dwell therein,
For he has founded it upon the seasand established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who does not lift up his soul to what is falseand does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lordand righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
Who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Lift up your heads,
O gates!
And be lifted up,
O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord,
Strong and mighty,
The Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads,
O gates!
And lift them up,
O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory

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Resembling the shape of a Bible, the Crystal Bible makes a unique anniversary tribute rejoicing with those celebrating pastor anniversaries.

The praying hands on the left symbolizes the pastor’s devotion and commitment to the people he shepherds. There is ample space to express your personal appreciation on the right side of the gift plaque. This crystal plaque is a perfect gift for pastors/priests upon their ordination anniversary or installation anniversary celebration.

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With all the press that comes with being a pastor, it can be hard to focus on your ultimate calling: proclaiming the Word of God. That’s why Martin Luther’s “Sacristy Prayer” has been encouraging your brothers in the ministry for generations—both as you prepare to write sermons and as you stand to deliver those sermons.

We’ve paired this classic prayer with a series of meditations by Rev. Paul J Cain and a new hymn paraphrase by Rev. Timothy Appel. May you be strengthened in your calling to nurture and serve God’s people given into your care.

Luther’s Sacristy Prayer

O Lord God, dear Father in heaven, I am indeed unworthy of the office and ministry in which I am to make known Your glory and to nurture and to serve this congregation.

But since You have appointed me to be a pastor and teacher, and the people are in need of the teaching and the instruction, be my helper and let Your holy angels attend to me.

Then if You are pleased to accomplish anything through me, to Your glory and not to mine or to the praise of men, grant me, out of Your pure grace and mercy, a right understanding of Your Word and that I may also diligently perform it.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, shepherd and bishop of our souls, send Your Holy Spirit that He may work with me to will and to do through Your divine strength according to Your good pleasure. Amen.1

O Lord God, dear Father in heaven, I am indeed unworthy of the office and ministry in which I am to make known Your glory and to nurture and to serve this congregation.

Unworthy. The word can hang like a dark cloud even over a called and ordained servant of the Word. We usually know our own sins all too well. Calling others to repentance and absolving those who repent of their sins keeps our sins before our eyes. We need the same repentance, confession, absolution, consolation, and renewed faith. We pastors are unworthy servants, poor and miserable sinners.

Ordination did not give us an indelible character. Wearing vestments for Divine Service and the Daily Office do not make us more holy or closer to God. They do set us apart for His use of us as His instruments in His service.

The qualifications for the noble task of pastor are found in 1 Timothy 3:1–7:

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Our own sins and their guilt distract us from the ministry that we have been given to do. We benefit greatly from confessing those sins “we know and feel in our hearts” to a brother pastor and receiving Christ’s absolution personally from him, “not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.” We ourselves need the Gospel we proclaim to others.

In the installation rite of a pastor of a congregation, the pastor to be installed is asked:

“Will you honor and adorn the Office of the Holy Ministry with a holy life? Will you be diligent in the study of the Holy Scripture and the Confessions? And will you be constant in prayer for those under your pastoral care?”

We answered:

“I will, the Lord helping me through the power and grace of His Holy Spirit.”

It is the Holy Spirit, God Himself, that “calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies” us, delivering in Word and Sacrament the fruits of Jesus’ sacrificial Good Friday death on the cross of Calvary and His victorious Easter Resurrection from the dead and an empty tomb. Jesus declares you worthy to make known His glory and to nurture and serve all under your care.

Who receives the Sacrament of the Altar worthily? We confess that a person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” Dear Amtsbruder, my Brother-in-Office, have faith in these same words as you both receive and administer the Holy Absolution, Holy Baptism, His Holy Word, and Holy Communion. When we read the Table of Duties in Luther’s Small Catechism, we sometimes need to be reminded that we are given to heed both the “To Bishops, Pastors, and Preachers” section as well as the one that says “What the Hearers Owe Their Pastors.” We pastors are both hearers and pastors. The Gospel of Christ is for your comfort as well!

C. F. W. Walther speaks to the office and ministry in which we serve our congregations:

When a Lutheran candidate of theology is assigned to a parish where he is to discharge the office of a Lutheran preacher, for him that place ought to be to the dearest, most beautiful, and most precious spot on earth. He should be unwilling to exchange it for a kingdom. Whether it is in a metropolis or in a small town, on a bleak prairie or in a clearing in the forest, in a flourishing settlement or in a desert—for him that place should be a miniature paradise. Do not the blessed angels descend from heaven with great joy whenever the Father in heaven sends them to minister to those who are to be heirs of salvation? Why, then, should we poor sinners be unwilling to hurry after them with great joy to a place where we can lead other people—fellow sinners—to salvation?2

In Christ’s redemption you are counted as worthy not only of service in God’s Kingdom, but of a place as a child in God’s family. Our Father in heaven tenderly invites you to believe that He is your true Father and that you are His true child, so that you may be bold and confident in your praying, preaching, teaching, leading, and administering of the Sacraments for the sake of Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord.

Dear Father, You have placed me here
As pastor for Your people dear.
I am not worthy for this task;
Help me to do all that You ask.

Download Hymns:

“Dear Father, You Have Placed Me Here” (Melody)”Dear Father, You Have Placed Me Here” (Accompaniment)

1 Text from Lutheran Service Book: Pastoral Care Companion, copyright © 2007 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
2 Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible (St. Louis: Concordia, 2010), p. 225.

Read the full Sacristy Prayer series:

  • Part one
  • Part two
  • Part three
  • Part four

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