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A Prayer for Discernment and Transition
As the Diocese of Michigan moves through the process of episcopal transition, it is important to keep in mind that the process must be one that is centered on prayer and discernment. The process is not about advancing a particular interest or agenda, or seeking candidates who are a good personal fit with those involved in the search, nomination, and election process. If the diocese is to have a successful episcopal transition, it must be clear to all involved in the process that there is only one goal: discerning God’s will for the Diocese of Michigan. To help all of us remain focused on this, we ask that the following prayer be used throughout our diocese, in both personal prayers and in our Sunday worship services.
O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; You have journeyed with your people Israel and we pray you, journey with us now, in this time of episcopal transition and change. Walk beside us on the road that is ahead, calm our fears, awaken our hope, and open our hearts, as together we seek your guidance. Inspire us, and those appointed to search for candidates, to discern your will for the Diocese of Michigan. May we put our whole trust in you as we look to Christ, the great shepherd of our souls; who together with the Holy Spirit is alive and reigns now and for ever. Amen.
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