Special prayer for invitation to Primates’ Meeting in January 2016
The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, the Most Revd Josiah Fearon-Idowu, is asking for prayer to accompany the Archbishop of Canterbury’s invitation to a Primates’ Meeting in January 2016.
A special prayer for the Invitation to the Primates’ Meeting in January 2016
Gracious and loving Father,
We thank You for the hope and faith of the Archbishop of Canterbury in inviting his colleagues to the meeting of this instrument.
We confess our individual and corporate roles in bringing the Communion to where she is today and ask for your forgiveness.
As the individual Primate prays and thinks over this invitation, we pray for them that Your Spirit will speak to each of them and that each Primate will respond as guided by the Holy Spirit. May they receive wise counsel from the bishops in their Provinces, and may the bishops themselves receive wise counsels from the lay and ordained members of their respective dioceses.
We pray that Primates will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit clearly and submit to Him as they respond to this letter. We pray that there will be a response with a high expectancy level from each Primate and that there will be an outcome that will bring glory and honour to our Lord, a restoration of Godly unity to the Communion and a new energy for the restoration of a renewed commitment to faithful witness in a continuingly secular world that is in contest with Kingdom values. We pray all this through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Most Revd Josiah Idowu
Secretary General of the Anglican Communion
As the new Secretary-General to the Anglican Communion, it behoves the Rt. Revd. Josiah Idowu to petition on-line for the prayers of all of us who want the Communion to retain its cherished tradition of ‘Unity in Diversity’, for the Anglican Primates as they gather to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury in January of next year, to try to seek a way through the present difficulties that have brought a situation of a tendency to schism.
Whatever our personal hopes for the outcome of the meeting – whether the resumption of a full relationship for the Provincial Churches or, if necessary, the agreement to separate development into the various cultural strands that have already been made evident – our prayers that the Holy Spirit might guide and influence the outcome are a timely reminder of our call, in Christ, to Unity.
I shall be praying this prayer at the 10am Mass (of Healing and Reconciliation) at SMAA this morning, hoping that many of my readers will response positively to this call for our prayers.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand