I pray for those "who are conflicted in their desires...and would like to determine themselves differently..."
(Tim) Pastor Sam Andreades, a longtime member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, now serves New York's Village Church affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. Recently, Pastor Andreades did a five minute spot on WFMU's Seven Second Delay radio show concerning Village Church's willingness to help those "who are conflicted in their desires and their identity and would like to determine themselves differently." (Here's a pic from the occasion.)
Near the end, Pastor Andreades was asked if he wanted to lead in prayer? The interview begins around 18:30 and the concluding prayer at 23:30. Here's Pastor Andreades' prayer:
HOST: Sam, would you like to lead a prayer?
SAM ANDREADES: Uh, I'd be willing to pray if nobody laughs; if we can do it reverently.
HOST: Sure, let's give it a try and see what happens, OK? Ready?SAM ANDREADES: OK Uh... Heavenly Father, I lift up my friend Mark to you; and... uh... you know, in our discussions, as he thinks through these things; I do ask that you clarify his relationship with you cause that's foremost; I pray that he would know how much you want him--apart from these other issues; apart from any kind of change in behavior, thinking things about sexuality--that you want him; I pray that he know the the faith of his youth again... uh... and that that would help him in the ways that he's going.
I pray for all those who are listening who are conflicted in... uh... their desires and their identity and... uh... would like to determine themselves differently; I pray that you find them a supportive community; and... uh... I pray that the power of the Holy Spirit would be present; And... And I really want to also thank you for Ken and Andy's show and the way they try to do things by experiment, uh... (host says "especially me" and, with Pastor Andreades, laughs) especially them; I pray that You... uh... continue to bless this show... uh... just for what they're willing to try to do; and I pray that... uh... the creative spirit of holiness would infuse it. I pray this all in Christ's Name, Amen.
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