Bishop Richard encourages prayer for our new bishop as the appointment secretaries come to our diocese.
Throughout the process to discern who God is calling to be our new bishop we have had a focus on the prayer used in Bishop James' farewell service. As our initial consultation ends; our Statement of Needs is drafted; and the national appointment secretaries’ visit next week; Bishop Richard is again encouraging us to pray for all involved.
Bishop Richard said “prayer surrounds everything we do and has been present throughout this discernment process. But as the Vacancy in See Committee meets the appointment secretaries next week I am encouraging our diocese to renew their prayer efforts over this weekend so together we discern who God is calling to be our new bishop”.
To help you in this you can download a copy of the prayer in word or on a PowerPoint presentation.
The appointment secretaries will be meeting a number of diocesan and community representatives on their visit on December 3rd and 4th. Their visit will also include a meeting of the Vacancy in See Committee where our Statement of Needs is agreed.
On December 3rd when Bishops’ Council meets we will have prayer stations in the Dining Room of the Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Suite to enable prayer for this discernment process.
The prayer stations will be available for anyone from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Our next main prayer focus will be during Epiphany when we will produce a short liturgy that can be used in churches across our diocese and Bishop Richard is encouraging deaneries and civic churches to take a lead with this when we enter the epiphany season. The Cathedral is preparing a 7 minute liturgy that can help churches with this.
Bishop Richard commented “I was greatly heartened by the level of response to our initial consultation. The response shows the care our diocese is putting into hearing the will of God for our next bishop. My hope is that deaneries and churches will renew their prayer efforts over this weekend and during epiphany”