Wednesday, October 11, 2006

General Synod of the EMC Begins Tomorrow

The General Synod of the Episcopal Missionary Church (of which St. Francis is a parish) convenes October 12-14 in Columbus Ohio. Issues regarding the blessing of same sex unions, homosexual clergy, revising the scriptures to avoid patriarchal references, and the United Nations Millenium Goals are not expected to even cross the minds of those attending.

Prayers for safe travel of clergy, delegates, and guests, for a successful and holy synod, and for new ordinands, would be most appreciated.

Note: Corrected on Thursday, Oct. 12, to read "October 12-14 in Columbus," not "October 12-24." Amazing how fast you can take care of business when everybody shares the same faith!

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world; We beseech thee to be with the Council of thy Church about to assemble in thy Name and Presence. Save us from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern us in our work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life; through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons, to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church, And to those who shall be ordained to any holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may show forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.