Discernment Context

Gracious God, Great Shepherd of your people, we seek your wisdom as we listen for your voice among many voices. We ask grace to imagine boldly, to pray unceasingly and to act being the community you would have us be. We ask grace to be strengthened by our companionship with each other and by your presence in our deliberations and decision making. We ask your blessing on the labors of those who seek our next bishop, searching for the one who will lead us with vigor and vision, and we pray your grace on those who enter the application process. In this discernment may we all be encouraged in discipleship in Christ for the good of your people throughout the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Amen.

This subcommittee is developing the spiritual context in which the committee and the whole diocese will do the work of understanding ourselves and our lives of fellowship and ministry, as we engage ever more intently on the search for our 11th Bishop. They will provide prayers, litanies and other spiritual resources in the months to come, available on this site. The members of this subcommittee are Paul Donecker, Janis Yskamp, Steve Sampson, Bob Sheranko and Nancy Rementer, head of the group.

Litany for the Search Committee and Candidates
Gracious God of steadfast love and hope, we ask your Blessing on each member of the Search Committee, the Transition Committee and every candidate who has entered this search process.

Guide their hearts and minds in right paths.  Keep us faithful in our prayers for them.

In this season of discernment for our next bishop, send your grace upon [name] the members of the search committee as they work to find the best candidates who may serve as our new bishop.   Give them courage and confidence and grant them graces of strength, imagination, endurance, and the gift of companionship in their service as they seek to embrace the challenges that bring renewal.

[Veronica, Steve, Rob, Richard, Paul, Nancy, Linda, Keith, Janis, Elaine, Churchill, Chris, Charlotte, Bob, Betsy, Becky]
Guide their hearts and minds in right paths.  Keep us faithful in our prayers for them.

In this season of discernment, send your grace upon the persons who are candidates in this process.  Grant them discerning hearts and sustain them with courage, strength and wisdom for self-awareness and understanding in leadership and service.

Guide their hearts and minds in right paths.  Keep us faithful in our prayers for them.

In this season of transition, send your grace upon [name] members of the transition committee who are extending the gift of your hospitality in their planning of the election and the welcome of our new bishop.  Grant them strength, perseverance, and joy as they offer their gifts in your service.

[David, Jan, Joan, Joan, John, Judy, Martin, Mary, Mike, Robin, Sandy, Walter]

Guide their hearts and minds in right paths.  Keep us faithful in our prayers for them.

We pray in thanksgiving for this journey and your hand that leads us on.  Amen.