Ephesians 5:8b-10 ESV
Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
Gracious Father, we ask for Your grace today, for the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts that we may walk in the light of Christ, that we may delight in being Your children and doing what pleases You, bearing fruit for Your glory. Help us to love and to walk in what is good and right and true. Help us to discern what pleases You. Romans 12:1-2 reminds us that we know Your good, perfect and pleasing will as we offer ourselves to You, as we allow You to renew our minds and transform our lives through Your Word. Help us to submit ourselves to You today, help us to test what we believe to be right and pleasing against Your Word. We pray all these things as well for the Primates and leaders of the Anglican Communion. May they walk in the light today Lord, and may they be offering themselves to You afresh, may they be renewing their minds in the Scriptures that they may clearly discern Your will and what will please You as they seek to lead our Communion.
Both of today’s collects are wonderful:
Collect for the Second Sunday after Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect, Commemorating Anthony, Abbot in Egypt
O God, who by your Holy Spirit enabled your servant Antony to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil: Give us grace, with pure hearts and minds, to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Primate Prayer Focus: Archbishop Bernard Malango, Province of Central Africa
Archbishop Malango has quite a lot of important leadership responsibilities among the Primates. He served on the Lambeth Commission which produced the Windsor Report. He also is a member of the Primates Standing Committee and one of the advisors to Abp. of Canterbury Rowan Williams regarding the current crisis in the Anglican Communion.
Here is the prayer my colleague Jill Woodliff wrote for Abp. Malango earlier this month:
You are good and gracious and generous. Holy is Your name. We humbly beseech You to send a full measure of Your Holy Spirit upon Bernard that he may trust You, delight in You, commit his way unto You, rest in You, and wait patiently for You as he prepares for and participates in the primates’ meeting in Tanzania. Grant him wisdom, and help him to forsake wrath. Feed him, bless him with righteousness, and grant him the desires of his heart. May he inherit all the good things You have in store for him, and may he delight himself in the abundance of peace. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Psalm 37:3-11, Luke 11:13
Photo credit: Global South Anglican
(Note: as I have time today, I hope to update Jill’s short prayer profile of Abp. Malango with additional background links. I should have an update online by about 4 p.m. Eastern)