The Lambeth Conference Journey shares ‘Prayers of Hope for the World’. Featuring prayers from Anglican bishops - and the wider Lambeth Conference Community - this journey brings prayers from around the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Heavenly Father, the season of COVID-19 has been full of anxiety, separation and suffering. We wish it could have passed by, but we know that you can work good out of evil. We know that your mysterious will for us is loving, though for now we see in a glass darkly.
By your grace, teach us of our fragility, our mortality, and our need for you. Through this painful means, show us how we are connected and how we need one another.
By your Holy Spirit, use this time of hard self-understanding to open the ears of many to the Gospel of your Son, and our ears too, to hear it and follow him anew.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Bishop George Sumner, Dallas, USA
Loving Father, You have chosen men and women to serve in the ministry of your Church in every generation; and have given them perfect examples in person of your Son Jesus who sacrificed his life for us. We are also encouraged by the example of Moses who provided leadership to the children of Israel in face of hunger, snake bites and diseases.
We pray for all Church leaders to not forget the privilege of their calling, nor shirk their responsibilities.
Keep them in your love that they may be good shepherds of your people and true servants of him who is your great High Priest Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Archbishop Justin Badi, South Sudan
My prayer of hope is for those who depend heavily on harmful substances and whose families are in great suffering in the islands of Seychelles.
Eternal Father, we entrust into your loving arms our brothers and sisters whose lives have been shattered due to addiction of harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol. They have become vulnerable, homeless and are rejected by their families.
Lord Jesus who loved and welcomed those excluded in society, help us to have a compassionate heart that will see beyond addiction.
In your great kindness Lord, bring people who can share your love to them, who will bring light in their darkness and will help them come out of the addiction.
Give courage and wisdom to all leaders who are fighting to eradicate these ills.
Our hope is in you Lord, Amen
Doreen Wong, Seychelles, Indian Ocean
My prayer and hope for the world and the life of the Anglican Communion:
God Almighty and All-loving, we pray for justice and peace throughout the world. We ask you to use the peoples and the churches of the Anglican Communion as instruments of your justiWeek 2 - c10e which tears down the mighty from their seat and exalts the humble and meek and as agents of your peace which passes all earthly understanding. Give us faith in our hands, hope in our hearts and love in our decisions.
We pray for all in these times of crisis for wholeness and healing, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Archbishop Michael Jackson, Dublin and Glendalough, Ireland