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.
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Sower of hope,
May all the fields of the world receive good news
And the seeds of faith find good soil.
May the Church grow afresh in this generation,
And God’s people be planted anew.
May your good-news-fruit reach and feed new places
And new people in new ways,
As our world hungers after you.
Plant and pioneer your love in the world,
In your Church, in us.
Bishop Ric Thorpe, Islington, UK
Creator of all, your love embraces the whole world and all peoples of every language, race and nation. In our midst the sin of racism infects our communities with hatred and death and obscures the recognition of your image in every human being.
May our commitment to one another through the transforming love of Christ heal divisions, restore justice and bring reconciliation between races and nations.
May the witness of the Anglican Communion to partnership, mutual respect and interdependence be a beacon of hope to your world as ambassadors of reconciliation through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
Heal, oh Heavenly Father, we of the human race, from that which prevents us to be a becoming people created in your image.
By your Holy Spirit Lord, quietly silence the storms that occasionally occur in our relationships within families and communities.
Mindful of your presence in all our circumstances, we acknowledge our weaknesses in the way we create hostile living conditions through our failed stewardship of the environment. We pray in humility for your speedy intervention for the relief of the vulnerable.
May the church embrace without strain, the interface with the private and public sectors in moving businesses to respond to charity and climate crisis.
In your mercy, bring to the realisation of many, the fact that differences may not be eradicated but that through evangelism, our churches galvanise the ambitions of people towards peace and reconciliation.
This we ask in Christ name.
Bishop Cleophas Lunga, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
A prayer of hope for the world and the witness of the Anglican Communion:
We give you thanks for the diversity of your world,
We pray that we may live in peace alongside those who are different to us,
We pray for the power to be gentle;
the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding;
We pray that the power of good will overcome evil
love will overcome hate
and justice will overcome injustice.
We pray for the courage to do our part
until the time when we will see your New Heaven and New Earth.
Eamonn Mullally, London, UK