Come pray NOW: Bringing Episcopalians and ACNA’ers together in Online Prayer

July 17, 2009


Notice – event now finished, thanks to all who joined us!

We’d like to invite TEC members and ACNA people to come together and join us in prayer onlineSunday, July 19, at 2:00PM Pacific Time (i.e., NOW – from 2-3PM).

We believe bringing people TEC and ACNA people together, to pray together, is exceedingly important at this time. And prayer online is the ideal setting to accomplish this.

You can pray with us by simply coming to this webpage – there will be a link to an online chatroom that’s connected to where we are in Second Life.   You only need a browser to join us in prayer.

Christians of all denominations are invited, and of course this includes all Anglicans; but the invitation is especially to TEC and ACNA members – especially Christians who believe their own church’s faithful witness to Christ and His Word is something which can benefit other churches.

Specific invitations will be sent via Twitter to ACNA members who show willingness to work with TEC members, and vice-versa. Please don’t feel ignored if you haven’t specifically been invited; all are welcome to join us. (note inserted later: sorry, did not have time to send out any individual invites, only sent out general ones!)

* Prayers for peace *

Psalm 37 1-9

1 Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret – it leads only to evil.

9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

Lord, many of us are anxious; many of us are fretting.
The temptation to anger and wrath is there as well.
Merciful God, may we know Your peace.
Teach us to turn to You with our burdens.

~ open prayer for peace ~

Lord, hear us

ALL: Lord, graciously hear us

* Prayers for a spirit of forgiveness *

Matthew 18:21-22

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord,
how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins
against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you,
not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive
whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Philippians 1:6

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you,
will continue his work until it is finally finished
on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Lord, we need to forgive others, as You have commanded us;
we also need to forgive, for our own healing, strength, and clear
sight of what You would have us do.

Lord, give us a forgiving spirit, especially where we are wounded
and forgiveness is difficult.

Lord, teach us to forgive, and whatever else we need for healing,
where we are hurt.

~ open prayer for forgiveness and healing ~

Lord, hear us

ALL: Lord, graciously hear us

* Prayers for Unity *

Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you
to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love,
3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

Lord, we have often suffered division. Teach Your children to work together for Your
kingdom. Teach us discernment, and how best to work with one another, when there is mistrust.

Lord, sin is a great disruptor and divider, with its consequences rippling out far from
wherever the sin originated. Lord, teach us justice and truth, but also humility, gentleness, and
forbearance in dealing with sin within our midst.

Lord, as Your faithful children work together in accordance with Your will, may the world see
that we are one.

Lord, hear us.

ALL: Lord, graciously hear us.

~ open prayer for unity ~

Lord, we need wisdom and frequently don’t even know what to pray, especially at this moment.
May Your Spirit teach us and speak through us. Teach us to turn more faithfully in prayer to
You, and give us wisdom as to what it is that we should pray.

Lord, hear us.

ALL: Lord, graciously hear us.

~ open prayer ~


Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.

Let us bless the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God



  1. I hope you mean July 19, not June 19.

  2. Thanks so much, erp. Yes I do mean July, have corrected it – I have always been pathetic with dates!

  3. Drat ! Just saw this at Stand Firm. Would have gladly joined in y’all in prayer had I known. I am in the diocese of SC (TEC). However, I have lived through much of the recent downward spiral. My mom was at the St. Louis Convention in 1977.

    Can I join??

  4. Of course you can, Blu Cat Lady – we’ll be posting here, and you can also join us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/AnglicanEcumenicalSociety

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