Litany for the Workplace

January 6th, 2015

At the first Faith@Work Summit held October 24-25, 2014 in Boston, 275 pastors, business leaders, theologians, university professors, and marketplace ministry leaders rose to thank God and ask him to bless their work using the following litany. We urge you to join us in prayer and hope it will encourage you to recognize God's work in your work. Faith@Work Summit Talks recorded at the Summit are now online to view and download via Vimeo and YouTube. 

Affirmation: Holy Trinity, we marvel at the universe you worked together to create. The whole universe is your temple, a place of worship, in which you called us to join your work in bringing creation to full flower.

We are grateful for your high calling to participate in your work. Whatever good endeavor our hands find to do, no matter how mundane, help us to recognize that you want it done, done well, and as an act of love for you and our neighbor. May our daily work echo praise to you as much as singing a hymn.[1]

Affirmation: Thank you for the beauty and bounty of creation. Every square inch of it belongs to you.

May we enjoy what you’ve given us and steward it well, knowing that we will give account to you for how we use it. Prosper us Lord, so that we may be exceptionally generous and bless others in significant ways. Enable us to create good jobs so that those who need work can experience the dignity of meeting their own needs, and have enough to share with others as their cup overflows.[2]

Affirmation: You promised that the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth and empower us to apply it more fully in our lives.

Instill in us a holy desire to want what you want and to love what You love—that we may love and serve others well through our work and be a fragrant aroma of Christ to all. May our work reflect your character, remind people of your presence, and may your Spirit draw thousands to Christ through the witness of your church in the workplace.[3]

Affirmation: Thank you for your commitment to make us like your Son. Through your Son we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. We lack nothing to do your will.

Deliver us from any sense of scarcity that breeds greed. Help us to exercise integrity in everything we do, and lead us to recognize and repent of any practice, no matter how convenient or profitable, that cannot be done in your name and for your glory.[4]

Affirmation: Thank you for your presence and the courage and stamina you give to stand up against temptation, trials, and persecution as we seek to imitate you in all we do.

Captivate our heart with your grace that there be no room left for anything that dishonors you. Empower us to forgive as we are forgiven and be pure and gentle in everything we do, knowing that we have a Master in Heaven.[5]

Affirmation: Thank you for the talents and abilities with which you have blessed us. We recognize that they are gifts from Your generous hand. Whatever we possess has come from you, not from our own strength, savvy, or smarts. They belong to you, and are to be used for your glory.

Keep us from the self-deception and rationalization that leads us think more highly of ourselves than we ought. Forgive us for seeking to make a name for ourselves, taking rather than giving, and seeking to be served rather than serve. Help us to lead with humility and do our work with diligence and craftsmanship so that we, our coworkers, and our community may flourish.[6]

Thank you that you have not left us to live and work alone but made us members of your Body and of one another, gifting us and placing us just where you know best.

Forgive us for ever thinking we do not need others, or others do not need us. Help us to work together in the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace so that the world may believe in you.[7]

Affirmation: Thank you for the opportunity to gather as your church. We thank you for our pastors and spiritual leaders who equip us to serve you seven days a week.

We ask that Your Spirit would give them wisdom and clarity as they lead, teach, and prepare us to do our work as an act of service to others and for Your glory when we go to our places in the ministry of our daily work.[8]

Affirmation: Thank you for entrusting us with roles of leadership and placing us in arenas of influence.

We ask that you raise up pastors and business leaders around the globe to work together to multiply spiritual leaders in the workplace who will live out their calling to your glory. Use us to mentor and develop leaders for the future who will carry the gospel to the next generations.[9]

In all we do, Father, in every area of our lives, may we bring glory and honor to your name.

[1] Genesis 1-2; 1Thes. 4:11

[2] Genesis 1:27-28; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11

[3] Romans 12:9-21; 2 Corinthians 2:15

[4] Matthew 5:16; Romans 8:29

[5] John 15:20; Ephesians 5:18; Colossian 3:15; 1 Peter 5:6-11

[6] Proverbs 22:29; Jeremiah 29:7; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 2:10; 6:9; Colossians 3;22-4:1

[7] Genesis 2:18; 2 Cor. 12:1-31; John 17:1-26

[8] Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25

[9] 2 Timothy 2:2

Workplace Litany used at the 2014 Faith @ Work Summit in Boston. You can watch videos from the Summit online and see what is happening for the next Summit at: www.fwsummit.org.

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