Prayers

Prayer for the Applicants
Gracious God, we pray for each person who applies to enter our search for the 11th bishop of Central Pennsylvania. Give each one your blessing of grace in discerning your call. Sustain them with courage and strength for self-awareness and understanding in leadership and service. And grant, O God, that we may seek self-awareness and clear understanding of our part in seeking the one who will be our faithful pastor, equipping us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer for the Committee
O God, we pray for those who shall choose the candidates we will receive for election of the 11th Bishop of Central Pennsylvania. Look with compassion on Veronica, Steve, Rob, Richard, Paul, Nancy, Linda, Keith, Janis, Elaine, Churchill, Chris, Charlotte, Bob, Betsy and Becky as they work, and grant them graces of strength, imagination, endurance, and the gift of companionship in their service on the search committee. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

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