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.
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.
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
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.
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
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