Submitted by: The Reverend Maria B. Sanzo
Inviting God into the search process through prayer opens our hearts and minds and helps us envision the future of our diocese. As we search for the pastor God has selected for us, let us join our voices in prayer for the Spirit to lead and unite our hearts and minds.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese (or, rector for this parish), that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP pg. 818
Gracious God, we place our trust in you that you will fill us with your hopes and desires for the Diocese of New Jersey as we search for our next bishop. Open our hearts and our minds to your guidance, that we may be led to the one who will serve as our next bishop.
Loving God who leads us into growth and discovery, give us curious and discerning minds, open us up to the possibilities of newness, and help us be still and listen to your voice as we search for our new bishop.
God of all, hold the diocese of New Jersey in the palm of your hand during this time of discernment. Help us to come together as sisters and brother of Jesus Christ, listening to one another with open hearts and open minds. Enter into our conversations and make them holy and lead us into a peaceful place of unity as we search for our new bishop.