Pray for 11 VA Parishes and their leaders

January 18, 2007

My heart is grieving tonight with the latest news from the Diocese of Virginia. I of course am not an impartial observer in this struggle, as I’ve shared here previously.

Read all the news from my dear friend and sister BabyBlue.

Pray for these 11 parishes, Bishop Lee and all involved. Pray that miraculously Christ would be honored and proclaimed somehow even in this horrid mess, that His light would shine in the darkness for all who are seeking Him to see.

And go back and re-read this morning’s post and prayer on Psalm 37. Hard to imagine more timely words from the Scriptures today for those in these 11 churches. May the Lord comfort and strengthen them through His Word. And pray that Collect commemorating Peter’s confession of Christ in faith that these churches would likewise be able to boldly confess Christ no matter what it costs them.

Christ the Redeemer, Chantilly [press release has name wrong. this is correct]
Church of the Apostles, Fairfax
Church of the Epiphany, Herndon
Church of Our Saviour, Oatlands
Church of the Word, Gainesville
Potomac Falls Church, Sterling
St. Margaret’s, Woodbridge
St. Paul’s, Haymarket
St. Stephen’s, Heathsville
Truro, Fairfax
The Falls Church, Falls Church

News from the Covenant Design Group

January 18, 2007

Kendall Harmon has posted an article from the Nassau Guardian with the latest news from the Covenant Design Group.

The group wraps up its work tonight. Here are some of Abp. Gomez’ comments:

Despite the focus on unity within community, Archbishop Gomez admits the grim outlook in some quarters of the Church.

“Some people are saying that a split is inevitable and our hope is that we can avoid a split,” he said. “Because if we end up with two kinds of, what I call, subgroups, the question is how do they relate with one another.”

The authority of scripture, the way the church exercises it authority, the way it relates with its members and the extent to which it was willing to preserve “bonds of unity” were issues that the CDG would address in addition to sexuality, Archbishop Gomez noted.

The ten-member CDG, which comprises experts in canon law, the nature and mission of the church, ecumenical relations and general theology law hopes to make an interim report to a meeting of Archbishops in Tanzania next [month].

Conceding he had not anticipated the responsibility that comes with heading the CDG as his career winds down Archbishop Gomez, who retires at the end of 2008 and expects the groups work to last at least as long said: “Definitely, this is a pivotal moment for the Anglican communion and that’s why the Archbishop [of Canterbury] has appointed this group,”

Please continue to keep this work and this group in much prayer. It is indeed crucial at this time!

Primates Prayer Brochure — alternate site to download the file

January 18, 2007

Just in case Classical Anglican Net crashes, our friends at Stand Firm have kindly offered to provide an alternate site where you can download the 2007 Anglican Primates’ Prayer Brochure originally posted at Lent & Beyond:

Word Version of the brochure

Adobe PDF version of the brochure

The brochure contains:
1) A brief overview of the importance of the Primates Meeting
2) A list of all the Anglican Primates and Provinces
3) A compilation of various prayers that may be useful in praying for the Primates
4) A short list of suggested resources

We would also be glad to send this out by e-mail. Contact us at AnglicanPrayer(at)gmail(dot)com
We welcome feedback!

And don’t forget: In addition to this downloadable brochure, we will continue to post daily prayers and resources to facilitate prayers for the each of the Primates and other Anglican leaders. You can sign up to commit to praying for a specific Primate here.

TWO Primate Pictures needed

January 18, 2007


I think we’ve managed to find pictures of all but two of the Anglican Primates and we are adding pictures to the prayer profiles for each Primate as we have time.

We are working on a pictorial brochure with thumbnail pictures of all the Primates. If anyone can help us find pictures of the following two Primates we would be exceedingly grateful.

— The Anglican Church of Korea The Most Revd Francis Kyung Jo Park
— The Church of North India (United) The Most Revd Joel Vidyasagar Mal

If you know of where we might find pictures for these Primates, please leave a comment or contact us by e-mail: AnglicanPrayer(at)gmail(dot)com

A Roundup of Primates Prayer posts to date

January 18, 2007

Since we have had so many new readers visiting this site this week, I thought it would be helpful to post in chronological order the main daily Primates Prayer posts since we began this prayer effort on January 8, and also links to other key Primates prayer resources. Please feel free to contact us should you need information about a specific Primate or Province. We’ll be glad to help you try to find it. Our address: AnglicanPrayer(at)gmail(dot)com


Primates Prayer Day 1: Rowan Williams, Abp. of Canterbury
related posts: bidding prayer, prayer profile

Primates Prayer Day 2: Abp. Drexel Gomez, West Indies
related posts: prayer profile

Primates Prayer Day 3: Abp. Ntahoturi, Province of Burundi
related posts: prayer profile

Primates Prayer Day 4: Abp. Ndungane, Province of Southern Africa
related posts: prayer profile, Day 4 postscript

Primates Prayer Day 5: Abp. Soliba, the Philippines
related posts: prayer profile

Primates Prayer Day 6: Myanmar, Abp. Samuel Htay
related posts: prayer profile, report on persecution in Myanmar

Primates Prayer Day 7: Abp, Handford, Jerusalem & Middle East
related posts: prayer profile

Primates Prayer Day 8: USA, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori
related posts: prayer profile, litany for ECUSA

Primates Prayer Day 9: Abp. Andrade, Primate of Brazil
related posts: prayer profile

Primates Prayer Day 10: Abp. Malango, Province of Central Africa
related posts: prayer profile

Primates Prayer Day 11: Abp. Akinola, Province of Nigeria
related posts: prayer profile



Anglican Primates Prayer Brochure — for downloading and sharing!

The 2007 Anglican Primates Prayer Campaign — Overview and index

Anglican Primates List and biography links

Anglican Primate Prayer Profiles — Index

Where to Find Pictures of the Primates

(note, this provides links for all the prayers included in the Primates Prayer Brochure)

Dr Peter Toon: A Prayer for the Primates

A Prayer for the Tanzania Primates meeting (adapted from 1928 BCP prayer for meetings)

1930 Lambeth Conference Prayer

Excerpts from a 1928 BCP Bidding Prayer for the Church

Praying for the Anglican Communion (Bishop Scott-Joynt & Dr. Peter Toon)

Bidding Prayer for Rowan Williams

Anglican Covenant Design Group prayer

Four Prayers for Bishops

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

A Prayer of Self-dedication (this can be adapted to pray for the Primates)

St. Hilary of Poitiers: Prayer for Perseverance in Faith (can be adapted for the Primates)

Excerpts from the Good Friday Solemn Collects

Various Collects for the Second Week of Lent
(In thinking about the continuing need for repentance in our Communion, several of the Lent 2 prayers struck me as being particularly appropriate. I included 2 of these prayers in the Primates Prayer brochure.)

Praying for the Anglican Communion: Excerpts from a Bidding Prayer

January 18, 2007

Excerpts from A Bidding Prayer (1928 BCP), with responses added.
(full text here, about 2/3rds of the way down the page)

Good Christian People, I bid your prayers for Christ’s holy Catholic Church, the blessed company of all faithful people; that it may please God to confirm and strengthen it in purity of faith, in holiness of life, and in perfectness of love, and to restore to it the witness of visible unity; and more especially for that branch of the same planted by God in [North America], whereof we are members; that in all things it may work according to God’s will, serve him faithfully, and worship him acceptably.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Ye shall also pray for the ministers of God’s Holy Word and Sacraments; for Bishops that they may minister faithfully and wisely the discipline of Christ; likewise for all Priests and Deacons, that they may shine as lights in the world, and in all things may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Finally, ye shall yield unto God most high praise and hearty thanks for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all his saints, who have been the choice vessels of his grace and the lights of the world in their several generations; and pray unto God, that we may have grace to direct our lives after their good examples; that, this life ended, we may be made partakers with them of the glorious resurrection, and the life everlasting.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Direct us [and the Anglican Primates], O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


A Prayer for the Tanzania Primates Meeting

January 18, 2007

We’ve included the 1928 BCP prayer for church meetings and conventions in our Primates prayer brochure, and in many blog entries here over the last year. However we have never posted it as a stand alone entry. Posting it separately makes it easier to index.

A prayer to be used for the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 12-19, 2007

(adapted from “A Prayer to be used for Meetings of Convention” 1928 BCP)

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who by your Holy Spirit did preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and has promised, through your Son Jesus Christ, to be with your Church to the end of the world; We beseech you to be with the Council of your Church about to assemble in your Name and Presence. Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of your great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech you, so to direct, sanctify, and govern them in their work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of your dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life; through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Primates Prayer Day 11: Abp. Akinola, Province of Nigeria

January 18, 2007

Today’s Lectionary
AM Psalm 37:1-18; PM Psalm 37:19-42
Isa. 45:5-17; Eph. 5:15-33; Mark 4:21-34

Psalm 37:1-9 (ESV)

37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
2 For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. [2]
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!

8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Heavenly Father, I confess it is easy to fret and be anxious these days about the situation in the Anglican Communion, to be troubled by the division and discord, to be angry about false teaching, to be eager for judgement upon those we see as having caused the problems. Lord, You command us to not be anxious. You command us to trust in You, to do good, to delight ourselves in You. You command us to live in faithfulness, to commit our way to You and to trust in You to act. Lord, help us and the Primates to be still today, to quiet our hearts and to know You are God. Help us to wait for You and not run ahead of You. Help us and the Primates to trust in Your promises and allow You to work out Your plans for the good of Your people. May our delight be in You today Father. Show us what it means in terms of our actions today to trust You in these matters, we pray in Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.

Collect Commemorating Peter’s Confession of Christ:

Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the Living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Today’s Prayer Focus: Archbishop Peter Akinola, Province of Nigeria

Archbishop Peter Akinola, Nigeria Archbishop Akinola hardly needs an introduction these days as one of the best known and most-vocal Primates and a leader of CAPA and the Global South Primates. I urge you to read Jill Woodliff’s profile of the Province of Nigeria here, as it gives a lot of good background on the vision of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. I also urge you to re-read the section of Psalm 37 posted above and to use that as a basis for prayer for Abp. Akinola.

Here is the prayer Jill wrote for ++Akinola earlier this month:

Eternal Godhead,
We thank You that the province of Nigeria is being soaked through and through with Your presence. We thank for its roots of Holy Scripture; its trunk of prayer, fasting, healing, deliverance, and witnessing; and its fruit of crusades, revivals, church planting, prayer teams, night vigils, ministerial training, church programs, and the recognition of all the gifts You have given Your holy people. Holy is Your name.

They stand in the midst of a Communion in schism and a nation in tension. Turn their hearts to the freedom of Christ. Drive out sin and disobedience. Strengthen them to stand firm and cast aside the yoke of slavery.

Pour Your Spirit upon Peter, give him the hope of righteouness, and quicken his love. May he lead the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in showing forth the genuine love of Christ. Amen.
Galatians 4:21-5:6

photo credit: Global South Anglican blog

Covenant Design Group

January 18, 2007

O God, rich in mercy,
You created Drexel, Victor, John, Sriyanganie, Kathy, Santosh, John, Andrew, Rubie, Ephraim, Nomfundo, and Gregory in Christ Jesus for good works. Stir in them the covenant of Your promises that they may walk in those good works You have ordained for them to the praise of Your glory. Amen.
Ephesians 1:12, 2:4, 10, 12

Mark 4:21-28

January 18, 2007

Also he said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?” (Mark 4:21)

Lord, please let the light of your gospel shine forth in every parish and institution of this diocese. Help us repent wherever we have hidden your light by our words or deeds.

“For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” (Mark 4:22)

Father, we pray for those who have loved darkness rather that the light of your gospel, turn their hearts into your ways; reveal their hearts to them so that they may repent.

“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)

Holy Spirit, help us hearken to your word to us.

Then he said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” (Mark 4:24)

Jesus, help your people make the right choices about what they choose to listen to. Give your people a hunger to hear your word. Move us to demand preaching inspired by your Holy Spirit.

“For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:25)

Jesus, you have taught us that if we do not use the talents you have given us, they will be taken away from us and given to others who have used what you have given. Please help us recognize every gift you have given us and use them all in your service.

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,” (Mark 4:26)

Father, you have scattered the seed of your word far and wide, I pray it will take root and flourish in the Episcopal Church.

“and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” (Mark 4:27)

Holy Spirit, we do not know how your word grows in our hearts, but we ask you to guide our seeing and listening and doing so that it will grow and prosper.

“For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.” (Mark 4:28)

Father, help us water and nurture the growth of your gospel among us — help us recognize each stage of growth and encourage it.

“But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:29)

LORD, the harvest times are hidden in your heart, but they will surely come. Please help us be ready by prayer, reading of your word, and doing your will. After the harvest will come the threshing, please help us let go of every piece of chaff in our lives. We pray that no good grain will be lost with the chaff. Thank you.

Blessing from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with you in your going out and your coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.

May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver you from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.

May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver you.

And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.

Albany Intercessor

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