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Bishop’s Note – 2019 BCP – Prayers for Mission

Dear Friends, as we continue our examination of the 2019 BCP service of Morning Prayer we come to the Prayer for Mission immediately following the Collects.
Having offered our collects, and assuming that the Great Litany or Holy Eucharist don’t follow we pray a prayer for mission. This prayer reminds us of the saving love and power of Jesus Christ and the need to share that love with any and all who are or will be open to the good news of Jesus Christ.
The first prayer is for the clergy of the church, those deacons, priests, and bishops who have been set aside for ministry. In it, we ask God’s grace to rest upon them as He uses them for His good purpose.
The second prayer is for all the peoples of the earth that they may come to the saving embrace of Jesus Christ.
The third prayer reminds us of the loving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and asks us, by God’s Spirit, to have the strength and grace to reach out to all those who do not know Jesus Christ!
I pray that as you pray these prayers the Holy Spirit may inspire you to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all whom you meet.
Bishop Menees

Unless the Great Litany or the Eucharist is to follow, one of the following prayers for mission is added. If the Great Litany is used, it follows here, or after a hymn or anthem, and concludes the Office.

Prayer for Mission

Almighty and everlasting God, who alone works great marvels: Send down upon our clergy and the congregations committed to their charge the life-giving Spirit of your grace, shower them with the continual dew of your blessing, and ignite in them a zealous love of your Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the Cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

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