Thursday, December 04, 2008

HiHo, HiHo, it's off to Riverside I go!

Off to Riverside for what will be my 21st Diocesan Convention. In addition to prayers for traveling mercies for all of us heading out that way, do pray for the church!

Prayers for the Church

Prayers suggested for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles as it meets in convention December 5-6 in Riverside.

Gracious God, we pray for your 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.

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of your grace; and, that they may truly please you, pour upon them the continual dew of your blessing. Amen.

O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop Jon, Chet, Bob and Sergio and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and ever living God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the Diocese of Los Angeles for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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