Today is the Mississippi diocesan council.
Excerpts of Acts 17:22-31 (New International Version)
24″The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.
We praise You for Your majesty, Lord.
25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. We thank You for the life blood of Your Son. We come up under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ and plead for the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.
26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
We thank You for the high call of being part of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi at this time.
27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
Stir each delegate and visitor at the council to reach out for You. Grant them supernatural understanding.
28’For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Thank You for our adoption through the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. May Your children in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi be faithful in keeping this covenant.
29″Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill.
Have mercy, Lord. We are proud and have exalted our intellect, our flesh, and our autonomy.
30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Open the conscience of the spirit man in each of the delegates and visitors at the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi Council.
31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
We thank You that the covenant of the shed blood of Jesus Christ trumps the devices and desires, the idolatry and vain imaginings of our hearts. Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi as it is in heaven. Fill this council with the reverence, awe, and fear of the Lord. Amen.