Saturday, December 15, 2012

Call to prayer issued in advance of ACNA College of Bishops meeting

From the ACNA website:
The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America will meet January 7-11, 2013, in Orlando, FL. Leading up to this significant meeting, Archbishop Duncan is issuing a Call to Prayer for the Province, asking individuals and congregations to intercede for the College’s deliberations.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will lead the daily Bible studies, and the Bishops will also participate in sessions with a professional consultant who will help the group maximize effectiveness and build relationships. The business agenda will include discussions regarding specific issues as well as reports of various task forces. These items will include overlapping dioceses, the catechism, the Theological Task Force on Holy Orders, the Prayer Book and Ecumenical Relations. In addition, the bishops will consider and vote on receiving and electing new bishops. As always, the agenda allows for worship, fellowship and times of refreshments.

Archbishop Duncan urges clergy and laity of the province to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and direct the various sessions, for unity in the bonds of peace and for wisdom and discernment.

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious
favor, 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. Amen.