Day of Prayer for the Anglican Communion - Sunday, June 22, 2008
Ladies, in preparation for the Lambeth Conference, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church has called the whole Church to a Day of Prayer for the Anglican Communion on June 22, saying, "I would bid your prayers for openness of spirit, vulnerability of heart, and eagerness of mind, that we might all learn to see the Spirit at work in the other. I bid your prayers for a peaceful spirit, a lessening of tension, and a real willingness to work together for the good of God’s whole creation." She has suggested the following from the Book of Common Prayer (p. 515) as a starter:
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out intranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I would add the following prayer, also from the Book of Common Prayer (p. 816):
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.
As Daughters of the King, members of an Order dedicated to prayer, I believe we all ought to participate. This certainly is in keeping with our own diocesan theme, "That We ALL May Be One, So the World Might Know God's Love." (John 17:22-26)
The Presiding Bishop's letter can be found at the following link: View Letter
In Christ's love and For His Sake,Linda Astala