Retirement prayers

Here is a retirement prayer that’s useful for retirement ceremonies or to use as your personal prayer for a friend who is retiring.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to you in thankfulness for the many years of service given by our friend and colleague who is retiring.  We thank you for the long term contributions they have made in the execution of daily tasks, in their loyalty to our organization and in their sharing of their experience and wisdom with others.  We are appreciative of their hard work and dedication.  They have adapted to many changes over the years and have made sacrifices of their personal time when the job demanded it.   They have been a mentor and friend to their fellow employees and have worked faithfully despite their own personal obligations, joys and challenges.

We pray your continued blessings on them during this next phase of their life.  May your Presence be with them as they choose new paths and explore new horizons.   May they be blessed with strong networks of friends and family to enjoy the journey that lies ahead.  Keep them vigorous in body, mind, soul and spirit.  Open new doors of service that will satisfy their desire to give and that will make a lasting difference in our world.  May they find many receptive hearts and minds for the wisdom they have to offer and many recipients to receive their love and care.

Today we leave them with this blessing from the book of Matthew:  “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”  (Matthew 25:23)

And so we end our prayer, thankful for what has been and grateful for what has yet to be.

Amen.

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Today two colleagues retired and it brought to mind this retirement prayer, with benediction, that I wrote about fifteen years ago.

Retirement Prayer

 Our Father and God who art in heaven,

We are gathered here today acknowledging the service of the ……………. family to the United States of America. As we ought in all things, we first want to acknowledge You and Your Providence in providing life, health, desire, and the abilities within us to enable us to do all things; for without You we can do nothing.

God, as you have taught us by example when you rested from Your creation work on the seventh day of Earth, we know that there must come a day when we must rest from the work we have been doing. Today is such a day for ………………. But You also have shown us that, though Your rested from creation, You are still at work in our lives and in many other areas. So, too, must we continue in our after-service life.

We pray that the ………. family might be able to use their past experiences, successes, and yes, even their failures as a springboard to their future life. And I pray lastly, in the words of St. Augustine, not only for the ………….. family, but also for all gathered on this momentous occasion, that You teach us that “Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.” May we all be able to echo the words of the Apostle Paul on our retirement day, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is stored up for me the crown of life.”

We pray all this,

In the name of Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

 Benediction

   Lord, as we dismiss from this ceremony, may we not be dismissed from Your Presence. Be especially with …………….. and his family as they dismiss themselves from active duty service in the ……………………… and they enter into a world of new beginnings. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

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Happy Memories

Thank you for this special day that we have dedicated to celebrating with our friend _______.

We ask that you would remind __________ of warm, happy memories and inspire him/her with thoughts of future joyful times.

May all his/her paths be filled with your best gifts.

– Beth McLendon

Thankfulness to all Retirees

We come to you in thankfulness for the many years of service given by our friends and colleagues who is retiring.  We thank you for the long term contributions they have made in the execution of daily tasks, in their loyalty to our organization and in their sharing of their experience and wisdom with others.  We are appreciative of their hard work and dedication.  They have adapted to many changes over the years and have made sacrifices of their personal time when the job demanded it. They have been a mentor and friend to their fellow employees and have worked faithfully despite their own personal obligations, joys and challenges.
We pray your continued blessings on them during this next phase of their life. May your Presence be with them as they choose new paths and explore new horizons. May they be blessed with strong networks of friends and family to enjoy the journey that lies ahead. Keep them vigorous in body, mind, soul and spirit. Open new doors of service that will satisfy their desire to give and that will make a lasting difference in our world. May they find many receptive hearts and minds for the wisdom they have to offer and many recipients to receive their love and care.
 Today we leave them with this blessing from the book of Matthew: “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”  (Matthew 25:23)
And so we end our prayer, thankful for what has been and grateful for what has yet to be.

– Karen Barber

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For Your Guidance in My Retirement

Loving Lord, I thank You for the opportunity to step aside from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day living and for the opportunity to enjoy a slower pace of life, in the twilight years of my retirement.

Thank You for the way that You have led me and been with me throughout my busy working career and I pray that You will not forsake me now that life is about slow down as I face my forthcoming retirement.

Keep me I pray, from regretting the passing of my life and may I see this time as an opportunity to seek You more and to live in the expectation that You will open new horizons and opportunities to serve You in ways that will bring blessings to many and glory to Your name.

Help me Lord to see that as this one door on my past life is closing that the exciting door of my eternal future starts today. Thank You that I am Your child. Thank You that You died for me and that heaven is my ultimate “retirement” home and may I live the rest of my days in closer fellowship as I seek to do Your will in every area of my life, from this day forward–even for evermore.

– Author Unknown 

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Starting My Retirement

I have come to an important cross-roads of my life and know that there are many unknown opportunities in the horizons of my life, and I pray that You would take my hand and guide me along the path that You would have me to go. 

Thank You that Your word has been a lamp to my feet and a light to my path and as I now step out into the unknown, I pray that You would continue to guard and guide the way that I take – and thank You that You have scheduled every day of my life, including the unknowns in this retirement. 

Lord I pray that this may be a wonderful new beginning for me and not the end of the road, that is so often the case when retirement arrives. Help me to seize every opportunity that arises and to explore the skills and gifts that You have given me, so that they may be used to glorify Your name. 

I trust You Lord Jesus to be with me in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth and pray that I will submit day by day to the leading of Your Spirit and simply rest in Your love, knowing that You are my light and my life, my way and my end. 

– Author Unknown 

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by William (Free State, South Africa)

Dear God, you have given me so many blessings in my life, biggest of all my two beautiful children that turned out so well. For this I thank you.

With your help God and that of their mom, we managed to steer them and help them with opportunities to get them to at least some decent start in life. Bless them with abundance please.

But God, as my friends and family are preparing for and looking forward to their retirement in comfort, I have to start off once again, as so many times before. A whole lifetime of trying to acquire wealth and to be able not to look in others’ eyes at retirement age, has borne no fruits. I feel like giving up after so many attempts, but as You’ve given me the the strenght and courage before, to keep on trying and persevering, I know You will help me again.

Only, this time God, I ask that you shower me with the abundance that will also give me the opportunity to look forward to a carefree retirement.

Even though I don’t know how yet God, may I leave it in your hands to give me the guided path?

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