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.
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.
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.
The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Kingston, United Kingdom
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.
Rev. Cathrine Ngangira, Lambeth Conference Design Group
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