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The Bible in the Life of the Church
AFP Advent 2015

 

A Litany for the Episcopal Church in 2008

God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
Have mercy on us.  

God the Son, Redeemrer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirt, Sanctifier of the faithful.
Have mercy on us

Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God.
Have mercy on us

For your holy catholic Church, in all times and in all places, that it may continually be filled with the grace of your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Anglican Communion, that in breadth of spirit and depth of devotion it may constantly rediscover its character as a church for all people, and that it may reach out to all peoples everywhere for the sake of truth and in obedience to the Gospel, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer

For the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, that it may flourish as a part of Christ's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, faithfully fulfilling its mission and exercising its ministry in the changes and chances of this day and age, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer

For our Presiding Bishop in these unsettled times, that she may be among us as an example: one who loves what is true, honors what is just, and belongs to all.
Lord, hear our prayer

For all the people of the Church, that our Lord Jesus Christ may live out in us the full mystery of his death and resurrection, that we may be stretched and transformed by his love and find ourselves in him, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the forgiveness of our sins: for failure to love you with our whole heart and our neighbors as ourselves, that you will renew us as one body and one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.  

For forgiveness of our failure to commend the faith that is in us to those both far and near, that you wll strengthen us to proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Jesus Christ, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.  

For forgiveness of our pride, contentiousness and factionalism, our stubbornness and party spirit, our insisting on our own way rather than seeking your purpose, that you will give us the mind of Christ and by your Holy Spirit lead us into all truth, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.  

In thanksgiving for your blessings: for the challenges and opportunities you give us to grow in understanding and cooperaton in your Chuch, that as many members of one body we may continually be transformed ito the likeness of Christ Jesus, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for the courage, compassion, and fearless witness of lay and clergy leaders who have risen to the trials of our times, and who have called the chuch to live out its enduring truth in the midst of changing circumstances, that our witness may be ever fatihful and ever new, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for all those who in constant faithfulness and quiet confidence work, pray and give for the spread of your kingdom, often without recognition or fanfare, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

In hope for the future, that you will raise up glodly leaders, grant us a clear vision, and give us both abiding trust and steadfast hearts for the days to come, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For our communion, that you will raise up instruments of healing and reconciliation in individuals, parishes, dioceses, and councils, that we may maintain constant love for one another and be connected to that larger community where Christ most fully is to be found, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the coming of your kingdom, that we may prayerfully continue to strive for justice and peace as signs of your reign that is already at work among us, we pray to you. O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the consummation of all things in your well-beloved Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Lord, hear our prayer.

The Rev. Richard Kew

 

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