In this week of transition, many of our churches and pastors are beginning the process of getting to know one another and starting a new season together. We thank you for the seasons that have ended and look forward to the new seasons to come. With new appointments, Lord, we recognize that they come with many changes, whether for the pastor, their family, the church, and the community. Change is never year, but we trust that your presence is in the midst of these changes. With truth as our guide, Lord, we pray that your wisdom, purpose, and joy be made known in your church. As well, we pray that your heart for these communities will be written upon the hearts of the pastors and families who will make these communities their home. Open doors for your love to be made known in this new season of life so that all will know you and your great love. Help us all – clergy and laity – to walk into this new season with the hope and confidence that you are with us and are leading us forward into something new, something wonderful, and something beautiful. In Jesus’ name, Amen.