The Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana
From the Office of the Bishop
The Rt. Rev’d D. Bruce MacPherson, D.D.
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
July 13, 2008
A Special Lambeth Message
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
This is being written on the eve of my departure for Lambeth, and bears my petition for your prayers for me and the Lambeth Conference 2008. The meeting will begin on Wednesday, July 16 and continue through Monday, August 4, 2008. Bishops from throughout the Anglican Communion will assemble at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England for this important gathering which is held once every ten years.
In looking toward this time, I am most mindful that together we have shared much in the Diocese of Western Louisiana, The Episcopal Church, and worldwide across the Communion. In the midst of creative tension we have sought to be faithful to the mission of the Church and to the work God has called us to be about.
We are not alone in this as there are many in other Provinces of the Communion whom have endeavored to do likewise. The issues before us have been addressed in a variety of ways as we continued to seek a way forward, and waiting for the day on which the Lambeth Conference would address a myriad of issues within and before the ministry we share. A portion of this work is the Anglican Covenant, a document which we have known would be a part of the dialogue and labor of the meeting.
In preparation for the work on the Covenant, I am pleased to share that several of our deputies and alternates to General Convention 2009 spent time looking at the most recent draft of the Covenant. They in turn provided me with a summary of their work, and this is appreciated much as I go forward equipped with their input, and a readiness to share in the global discussions pertaining to the Anglican Covenant document.
When my flight leaves Alexandria tomorrow, you will be in my prayers especially and will remain there daily. I will pray the following prayer each day while away, and I beseech you to join with me in the daily offering of this prayer. I am also asking that this correspondence be reproduced and made available to the members of your respective congregations this coming week.
A Prayer for Lambeth Conference 2008
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church and at every turn, speak to us. Not so much in visions in quiet places, as in encounters with hidden angels, but through the guidance of your Spirit that we don’t act out of sudden impulse, but rather as the result of the soft whisper of your voice. Make us conscious of your presence and responsive to you as the source of all wisdom and understanding. Be present with all those who take counsel in the Lambeth Conference that their labour will bring about the reconciliation, healing and renewal of your Church. In pursuit of these things, teach us to seek first your honour and glory, and guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [drawn and adapted from the Book of Common Prayer and All the Seasons of Mercy]
In anticipation of my return to your midst, this comes with my blessings, prayers and appreciation for each of you.
Faithfully in Christ,
+Bruce MacPherson, Bishop