Please pray the following Prayer for Transition of Clergy Leadership as part of your daily devotions:
"Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on your Church and so guide the minds of those who shall choose an Interim Priest and a Vicar for this congregation that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"
THREE RULES FOR PRAYER (Barclay, The Gospel of Mark and Fr. James Ragsdale, Retired Episcopal Priest)
1) It must be the prayer of faith. First, we should be willing to take our problems to God. Second, it involves that we should be ready to accept God’s guidance. We are making a prayer of faith when all we want is approval for some action of ours.
2) It must be a prayer of expectation. It must never be a ritual without hope. I think that most people pray on the principle of “they don’t believe in it, but they never throw away a chance.” For people prayer is either a pious ritual or a forlorn hope. It should be a thing of burning expectation. Maybe our trouble is that what we want from God is OUR answer and we do not recognize HIS ANSWER WHEN IT COMES.
3) It must be a prayer of charity. The prayer of a bitter person cannot penetrate the wall of his/her own bitterness. Why? If we are to speak with God there must be some bond between two people who have nothing in common. The principle of God is LOVE, for He IS LOVE. If the ruling principle of a person’s heart is bitterness, a barrier has been erected between the person’s self and God. If ever a prayer is to be answered, God must be asked to cleanse the heart from the bitter spirit and put into it the spirit of love. Then the person can speak to God and God can speak in return.
Prayers of Faith, Expectation and Charity ….prayers for St. Brigit Church members and the Bishop’s Committee Community.