Friday, August 26, 2016

Bishop’s Note: August 25, 2016 – A Prayer for Clergy and People

Bishop Eric Menees

One of the disciplines that I maintain is that of Morning and Evening Prayer. The daily rhythm of praying the Psalms, reading holy scripture in a systematic way, confessing my faith, praying the collects, and time for personal intercessions, has been a bedrock for me and my family during good times and bad.

Following the decision of the California State Supreme Court not to hear our case, I’ve been working hard on the transition - submitting to the authority of the court, working with TEC, and seeking to support our clergy and lay leaders across the diocese. 

In this season, one prayer has continued to grace my lips and be a balm to my soul. It comes from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, though it may very well predate that edition of the BCP:

“ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

This prayer recognizes the supremacy of God as being the source of everything that is good – spiritual and temporal. Even in the midst of these difficult times we need to give thanks to God for the good gifts that he pours upon us.

This prayer asks God’s blessing upon clergy & congregations through the “...healthful Spirit of thy grace,” without which we cannot honor and bless God. In these difficult times, we need to especially seek ways to honor God and demonstrate to a fallen world the joy we find in Christ.

I bid you all to join me in this daily prayer that God will open our eyes to His blessings and use us as His instruments!

Catechism Questions: 327-328

327. How did Jesus suffer from false witness?
The Sanhedrin, desiring Jesus’ execution, hired witnesses to lie about him. (Psalm 109:1-3; Mark 14:53-58)

328. How does Jesus bear true witness?
Jesus always speaks the truth about himself and me, and bears witness before God and Satan that I belong to him. (John 17:6-8; 18:19-24)

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