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 4: 7-11    (click to read)

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Week 5, Day 1 
Sunday 7th February 2021
Prayers for hope

Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy, Perth, Australia

Lord Jesus Christ,
when stormy waves of fear
and rising tides of danger distress us,
you shelter us in your strong heart,
and you hold us steady with your wounded hands.
From the unshakeable certainty of your love,
send out a flood of peace and rivers of justice.
Open up a fountain of health
to cleanse, refresh and renew us.
Gather the whole wide world
into the safety of your embrace. Amen.

Week 5, Day 2 
Monday 8th February 2021
Prayers for science

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My name is Richard Cheetham, and I'm the Bishop of Kingston in the Diocese of Southwark since 2002, and I'm covering a hugely interesting and cosmopolitan area of southwest London.

I'm very much looking forward to the Lambeth Conference in 2022, and particularly with its theme of God's Church for God's World because that gives us an output focused on the world that we live in. A key part of that world, for me, is the way in which science has influenced the way we think and the way we live in our world today.

That's been reinforced through the pandemic. I've been involved for a number of years with a project called Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, which is all about producing really good narratives between science and theology and developing our understanding of that in God's world.

I'm going to use a prayer which has been written by the project director, the Reverend Dr. Lucas Mix:

Lord Jesus Christ.


You are the Alpha and the Omega, the order and end of the universe.


Grant that our study of nature may reveal your abiding word and that our study of your word may reveal the structure of your creation.


In times of peace, may we seek your purpose and in times of trial, may we find your wisdom.


Imprint your name upon our hearts and guide us into all truth through your Holy Spirit.


Amen.

The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Kingston, United Kingdom

Week 5, Day 3 
Tuesday 9th February 2021
Prayers for pandemic response

Bishop Nigel Stock, Chaplain to the Lambeth Conference, UK

Dear Lord, creator of all and sustainer of all, in whose blessed Son Jesus your healing love is shown.

In this time of pandemic, we humbly confess our carelessness and selfishness in our stewardship of the world.

Give us we pray the resolve to seek always your love, justice and peace.

Open the hearts of all who serve you in our Anglican Communion, to be generous in our love, and to work with people of all faiths and none to bring recovery to our world.


This we pray in the name of Jesus our Saviour.
Amen

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The Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy, St Davids, The Church in Wales

Loving God, Creator and Sustainer of all that is, you are the one to whom we can turn in times of crisis, you are the one who sustains us in the ups and downs of our lives.

In the midst of this pandemic, we mourn for those who have died and hold before you those who are suffering the effects of Covid 19 or with all the other illnesses and conditions that have not gone away.

We thank you for the dedication of medical staff, carers and all those who work to keep us supplied with all that we need and keep the our common life going in these dark days.

We pray that you will sustain,  uphold and protect them, day by day, in all that they do.

As we approach a renewed lockdown, we pray particularly for those who live alone, be their companion and solace as the days grow shorter, the nights longer and loneliness beckons. 
We ask that you will help us to live one day at a time and teach us how to draw on your grace to sustain and support us. Help us to be good neighbours to one another.

Loving God, we remember that Jesus promised that He would be with us always, even to the end of the age. We thank you that you hear and answer our every prayer. We pray that we may know the presence of Jesus and the comfort of your Holy Spirit, today and everyday and we ask this, in the name and for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Week 5, Day 4 
Wednesday 10th February 2021
Prayers for people

Our heavenly Father we give you thanks for all Anglican Theological colleges across the world. For all students studying for either lay or ordained ministry and for members of staff who teach and support the academic work in these institutions.

 
We pray for the grace of wisdom, that your ministers may be equipped to share your Good News and make it relevant in people’s lives today. May academic work be received as a spiritual discipline for the church and a gift to the world. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray.


Amen.

Rev. Cathrine Ngangira, Lambeth Conference Design Group

Week 5, Day 5 
Thursday 11th February 2021
Prayers for our planet

The Rt Revd C. Leopold Friday, Windward Islands, West Indies

O Heavenly Father as climate change continues to create various challenges for governments and peoples, we are frightened by our knowledge of the possible devastation of storms, hurricanes and other natural disasters and by our helplessness in the face of them.


We pray O Father that you may keep us safe and all who stand in harm’s way and that you may turn the hearts of those who are the perpetrators. Grant wisdom and strength to those who are working assiduously to preserve the environment and to alleviate its destruction.


God of Creation we put our trust in you. Amen.

Week 5, Day 6 
Friday 12th February 2021
Prayers for peace

O Lord and Father, we pray for your world – for the healing between both men and women of different races and religions, that the legacy of past division and injustice will be swept away in the tide of your loving grace. We pray that there would be a wearing down of the barriers between the oppressed and their oppressors, leading to justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.

We pray this particularly where your church has been an instrument of power. May there be humility, openness, repentance and a willingness to empty itself – after the pattern of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that the good news of the gospel may be heard with trust and your Word received with joy and openness and not suspicion. May the Anglican Communion throughout all of its manifestations be like a living coral reef, growing on the bedrock of our Lord, swaying to the currents of the world but fastened thereto, filled with the luminescent and myriad array of fish of every hue and sheltering and protecting in the times of storm.

Bishop Nick Dill, Bermuda

Week 5, Day 7
Saturday 13th February 2021
Prayers for politics and justice

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Bishop Anthony Poggo, Archbishop of Canterbury's Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs

Almighty God, we thank you for bringing us together as nations for us to pray as one to you.

We pray for the leaders of our nations and ask for you to guide them as they govern and lead our countries. We pray that they will work for justice and treat everyone fairly.

May your mercy prevail across all our communities. We pray for humility for those who are in authority. Help us to remain honest and demonstrate integrity in all our decisions. Continue to watch over us Heavenly Father as we live our lives in obedience to your Word.

We pray this in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.