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 2: 9-10     (click to read)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

Week 4, Day 1 
Sunday 31st January 2021
Prayers for hope

Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani, Chelmsford, UK

Lord of all, as we thank you for the family of the Anglican Communion, we pray that in our wonderful diversity we may each know ourselves created in your image and loved by you.

Inspire us to work together to hasten the day when people will come from north and south, east and west, to find their honoured and equal place at your table and their home in your kingdom.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

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Revd Canon Dr Stephen Spencer, Director for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion

My hope is that our churches may really help people rediscover the loving presence of God through the trials we are currently facing. With this mind here is a prayer I have adapted from the Lambeth 2008 collect which includes the motto of the Anglican Communion and also now draws on the Five Marks of Mission:

God of earth and heaven
the One in whom we live and move and have our being;
Guide and equip the churches of the Anglican Communion
as they proclaim the Good News of your kingdom
in faith and life,
and so reveal the truth of your loving presence,
a truth that sets us free;
through your Son and in your Spirit
today, tomorrow and in years to come.
Amen

Week 4, Day 2 
Monday 1st February 2021
Prayers for proclaiming Good News

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Lord Jesus Christ you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross, that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace.

So clothe us in your spirit that we reaching forth our hands in love may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you, for the honour of your Holy name, Amen.

Bishop Jo Wells, Guildford, United Kingdom

Week 4, Day 3 
Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Prayers for pandemic response

Bishop Pradeep Samantaroy, Amritsar, North India

Loving Father God, we thank you for your love and protection for your creation. We pray for all those who are suffering due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Dear Lord only you can save us. We pray for doctors, various governments and health professionals that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.
We pray for all the scientists and medical professionals who are working to develop an effective and safe vaccine to combat this virus. We commit the whole world especially those who are affected by COVID-19 into your hands. We ask this prayer in Jesus name. Amen

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Rev. Inamar de Souza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Let us pray for people around the world facing COVID-19, especially for countries where government officials have not taken effective measures to prevent and combat this disease, which has caused a greater number of deaths.

We look with hope to the future years, praying for Anglican families to take responsibility for the created world, caring for planet eaåçrth, taking care of the land and water, preserving the forest ecosystems, promoting the integrity of our common home and acting to prevent other pandemics in the future. Let us pray that Anglican parishes are safe places for all human beings and increasingly respect the environment. We pray in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Week 4, Day 4 
Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Prayers for people

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My hope and prayer for the world and for the life of the Anglican Communion is that young people would be seen as the Church of today and not the Church of tomorrow.

That we would love them well, that we would listen to them, and we would be open to learn from them. That they would be welcomed to input at every stage of the shaping of the Church, from the vision and values and culture, to every aspect that the Anglican Communion offers in service to others.

And that youth leaders would be encouraged, supported and trained to such a high-level, perhaps even to the same level as vicars. That they may be able to guide and facilitate and support young people in their faith journeys, in their futures and with God’s calling on their lives.

This is my hope and prayer for the world and for the Anglican Communion, that young people would be seen as the Church of today and not the Church of tomorrow.

Thank you.

Rebecca Kemal, Youth Worker, Chelmsford Diocese and Community of St Anselm Alumni

Our gracious God and Father, we praise you that, in your love for men and women throughout the world, you have formed a community of believers in every tribe and language.

Bless and protect the leaders that you are raising up, that they may serve you in appropriate ways for their time and culture, and in joyful obedience to your word.

Guide the decisions and actions of both the powerless and the powerful, and may those placed in authority exercise careful stewardship of the world's resources, and service to the world's most vulnerable.

We ask this in the powerful name of Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour. Amen'

Bishop Nick and Catherine Drayson, Northern Argentina, South America

Week 4, Day 5 
Thursday 4th February 2021
Prayers for our planet

Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Te Piihopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Blessed are you God our creator, for you have made us in your image giving us dominion over all life that moves upon the earth, the sea and the air.

Blessed are you in granting us wisdom and understanding to love and respect your world, empowering us with knowledge and an ability to seek to restore the life of the earth, its beauty and majesty.

Blessed are you in assisting us to realise the urgency of our responsibility for the earth, and the need for all of humanity to act with justice and peace.

Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

Bishop Robert Atwell, Exeter, UK and and Chair of the Liturgical Commission

Everlasting God
whose Spirit broods everlastingly over the lands and the waters,
and endows them with form and colour:
give us, we pray, the mind and heart
to rejoice in the majesty of creation.
Teach us to be responsible stewards of this world
and to seek the common good,
that through your blessing all may flourish,
and creation sing your praise
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Bishop Geoffrey Woodcroft, Rupert’s Land, Canada

Life-bearing God,
who wills creation to flourish,
grant courage, insight, and perseverance
to your stewards called to minister to life
that has been damaged by greed, oppressed, and treated unjustly.
Humble your Church in truth,
so that we may reconcile with all our neighbours
and with your good creation.
May your repenting Church do so with clarity and action;
and may your forgiving Church do so with courage and wisdom.
Strengthen us to love and care for the life with which you surround us,
as the One Body of Christ, in whose name we now pray. Amen.

Week 4, Day 6 
Friday 5th February 2021
Prayers for peace

God Almighty and ever living father, we commit the world into your able hand, for peace and unity to prevail. Safeguard the world from misunderstandings, disunity, hatred that bring wars, killings and destructions of properties.


We believe and know that the world is yours, may you bring peace, unity and love amongst nations. Grant us the spirit of forgiveness, love and care.

 

Our heavenly God, may your Holy Spirit come to dwell in the hearts of all leaders in the world.


We pray for your wisdom and guidance, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Archbishop Samuel Peni Enosa, Western Equatoria and Yambio, South Sudan

We draw near to the God of peace
with thanks for our reconciliation,
through the work of the cross.
We offer ourselves as peacemakers
in a world that cries out for peace.

Open our eyes, Father, to your world
full of your beauty, love, grace.

Remind us of your Son, our Saviour,
who brings forgiveness, reconciliation and hope
to broken, hurting people.

And may your Holy Spirit equip us with wisdom, truth
and the desire to bring about your Kingdom
in our hearts, homes, communities and world.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Adapted from a prayer by Rita Pengelly, Diocese of Canterbury

Sheran Harper,

Worldwide President
Mothers’ Union

Week 4, Day 7
Saturday 6th February 2021
Prayers about poverty

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Bishop Allan John Kannemeyer, Pretoria, Southern Africa

Loving Lord Jesus,

We pray with hope for your world
And for your blessing on our Anglican family;

Thank you for opportunities to make real your love in a world that is filled with scarcity, prejudice, and fear

We pray for a radical rediscovery of your uncompromising identification with the poor

Of your deep love of and fraternal caring for all of your creation, and all who suffer;

Help us to come alongside your people for whom your cross has such deep meaning

So that all may share in the abundance with which you have blessed us.

Amen