Our bishop-elect, the Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, invites everyone in the diocese into a season of prayer from Sunday, June 2 through Sunday, June 16. Throughout these 15 days of prayer, she encourages you to gather in your faith community, in the places where you work, live and worship, and within your own heart, to call upon the Holy Spirit to pour out God’s grace and love on our diocese.
Growing in Discipleship
Prayer: O God, we pray that all Episcopalians in our diocese would grow in their relationships with Jesus Christ through worship, learning and service to others. Amen.
Key Scripture: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
More Discipleship Scriptures:
2 Timothy 2:2b: “Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
Luke 6:40: “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher.”
1 Corinthians 11:1: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
Prayer for Quiet Confidence
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 832)
Click here to learn about the Way of Love, an initiative launched last summer by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop. On this page, you will find materials for printing that can help inform and inspire your engagement with discipleship practices.
Prayer: We pray that those in our churches, neighborhoods and communities whose lives would be enriched by the good news of Christ would hear that good news. Amen.
Key Scripture: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
More Evangelism Scriptures:
1 Peter 3:15: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
2 Corinthians 5:20: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.”
Mark 16:15: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”
For the mission of the Church
Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ; Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 816)
During this season of prayer you might want to get to the know the resources on the wider church website around evangelism. There is an entire section on the Episcopal Church website devoted to evangelism. Our bishop-elect helped write much of this content.
Take a look at the Evangelism Toolkit covering the areas bulleted below. Which ones are you doing and doing well? Which ones would you like to explore? Are there areas where you would like to go deeper?
- Sharing Your Story
- All Means All: Getting to Know Neighbors Near and Far
- Neighborhood Prayer Walks
- Exploring Evangelism through Social Media
- Hospitality 101: Inviting, Greeting, Incorporating
- Turn Your Church into a Center for Blessing
Serving Our Neighbors
Prayer: God we ask that your mission in our communities would be empowered as we go out into our neighborhoods, meet the people who are there, become acquainted with their needs, hopes, and longings, and discern our own ministries of service there. Amen.
Key Scripture: “But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luke 10:33-34)
More Serving Scriptures:
Hebrews 6:10: “God is not unjust: he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Galatians 5:13b: “Serve one another humbly in love.”
Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Prayer for Cities
Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 825).
Volunteer at Episcopal Community Services
Volunteer in the farm and gardens at Camp Stevens
Volunteer at RefugeeNet
Volunteer at St. Paul Senior Homes & Services
Visit the children of Vida Joven de Mexico in Tijuana
Attend the next meeting of the Diocesan Service and Justice Coalition