Prayers For The Diocese Of Tennessee Episcopal Election

From Lent & Beyond, posted at the request of a friend of mine from there:

The diocese of Tennessee is deadlocked in a bishop election. Next ballot is May 6. As tomorrow marks the beginning of a 40-day prayer campaign for GC2006, we’re asking people who fast tomorrow to remember Tennessee and the other dioceses having bishop elections (California, Northern California, and Eastern Michigan) as they fast.

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’ “Zechariah 4:6

Dear Heavenly Father, You are wise and mighty. You commissioned Zerubbabel to govern the returned Jewish exiles, and You empowered them to rebuild the temple. You sent prophets to renew Your people and to teach them to care for the widows, the orphans, and the foreigners. You continued Your covenant, bringing comfort.
We humbly ask You to visit the diocese of Tennessee by Your Spirit. Commission the spiritual leader You would have to govern these people. Empower them to rebuild Your church. Renew Your people. Send prophets to bring justice for the voiceless. Continue Your covenant and bring them comfort.
Build Your church in Tennessee on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. By Your Spirit, build them together in Jesus into a dwelling place for God. Amen. Ephesians 2:20-22

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