Attached to this letter are two prayers for the Diocese as it enters into this season of discernment and search for a new bishop. The first prayer was written specifically for the leadership of this diocese and the second taken from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer.
I have reviewed these prayers with the Standing Committee and it is their hope, and mine, that you would use them in your personal devotions and also during the public prayers of your congregation in whatever way you are able to gather for worship.
I am convinced that this season will be an exciting time for the Diocese as together we seek God’s will for future leadership and also for his grace and provision during these challenging days.
Your brother in Christ,
Prayer for the Leadership of the Diocese:
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to be a good and godly fellowship of faith. Bless those who have been called to exercise leadership during this season, especially the members of the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council, as they begin the search process for our next Bishop. Grant to them, and to each member of the diocese, a fresh outpouring of your Spirit, a renewed determination to seek your will, and the assurance of your presence; safeguard our unity and ignite in us a great passion for the mission of your Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Selection of a Bishop:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop of the Diocese that we may receive a faithful pastor who will preach the Gospel , care for your people, equip us for ministry, and lead us forth in fulfillment of the Great Commission; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.