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.

1 Peter 1: 17-23     (click to read)

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. 

Week 3, Day 1 
Sunday 24th January 2021
Prayers for hope

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Bishop Enrique Treviño Cruz, Cuernavaca, Mexico

God of life, of love and unity: You created human beings in your image and likeness, but due to our own interests we have turned away from you. However, you are always loving us. Help us enjoy your love for us, to be more sensitive and discover your Holy presence in our neighbour, so that everything you give unto us by your grace can be shared with your creation and eternal creation; and so, with the power of your Holy Spirit, let us be a people who collaborate in the construction of your Kingdom. In the name of your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Revd Prof Joseph D Galgalo, Private Secretary for Mission strategy, Research and Linkages, in the office of the Archbishop, Province of Kenya

Gracious God, thank you for your deep compassion and the assurance that the dawn from heaven will break upon us.


May our broken world know you, serve and embrace the prince of peace. Give light to those who are in darkness, hope to those in despair, healing to the heartbroken and peace to the dying.


Guide us on the path of peace and help us, and all who are in conflict this day, to shun evil and to do good; seek peace and chase after it.


May your peace, which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.


AMEN

Week 3, Day 2 
Monday 25th January 2021
Prayers for proclaiming Good News

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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.

Amen

Bishop Ric Thorpe, Islington, UK

Week 3, Day 3 
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Prayers for pandemic response

Cathy Ross, Head of Pioneer Mission Leadership Oxford, Church Mission Society

A prayer for women and children in the pandemic

Our loving God, we pray for women and children around the world who are suffering because of the restrictions imposed on their lives by COVID-19. We know that home is often the least safe place for women. Currently, many women and their children are stuck at home in violent and abusive situations unable to escape and without access to any help or support. May you be their refuge and their hiding place, may they find comfort and safety in you, may you protect them from harm and evil and may you bring the perpetrators to justice.
In the strong and loving name of Jesus,
Amen.

Week 3, Day 4 
Wednesday 27th January 2021
Prayers for people

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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.

Amen.

Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

Week 3, Day 5 
Thursday 28th January 2021
Prayers for our planet

Bishop Marinez Rosa dos Santos Bassotto, Amazon, Brazil

Breath of Life, from whom all order was created, the whole of creation bears witness to you. Teach us to respect all creatures, increase our gratitude for your loving providence. Forgive us for our insensitivity and carelessness with the environment, instigate us to fight for socio-environmental preservation and for the end of the climate crisis, taking care and working for the preservation of species and the maintenance of life on earth, as living proof of our conversion to the way of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and with the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Amen.


(inspired by the Collects for the Environmental Responsibility of the Common Prayer Book of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil)"

Bishop Graham Usher, Norwich, United Kingdom and Ecologist

God of life,
we praise you for the beauty of creation,
its richness and variety;
yet, through greed and ignorance,
we scar your world with plastic waste
and throw so much away.
Make us more like Jesus,
treading gently on our common home,
and breathe your Spirit on us,
that we may care more deeply for your earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Week 3, Day 6 
Friday 29th January 2021
Prayers for peace

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:

Almighty God,
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.
Amen

Eamonn Mullally, London, UK

Week 3, Day 7
Saturday 30th January 2021
Prayers for politics and justice

Canon Dr Phil Groves, Anglican Peace and Justice Network

We give thanks for Anglicans across the world who have defended human rights – often placing their own lives in danger.

We lament the rise in authoritarian governments and the loss of life among human rights defenders. We pray for their witness and for us to stand with them in solidarity:

For indigenous activists protecting the environment
For those saving lives at sea and protecting migrants
For journalists exposing corruption and calling for democracy
For those seeking an end to the criminalisation of LGBT+ people and striving against gender-based violence.
Lord, bring about that day when the dignity of all is respected. Amen