By Rev’d Val Kenyon
As we gather together as a Diocesan family at the end of May, as at any kind of family reunion there will be a lot of catching up to do, and many stories to share.
We will speak about our joys, our sorrows, our accomplishments and our frustrations, and everything in between, because that is what families do. As Christians we will listen and we will respond, as those whose lives have been bound together in a common hope, and a common gratitude founded on the central fact of our connection to the person and ministry of Jesus Christ. We will celebrate One Body – One Spirit as we consider together what it is to lead a life worthy of our call.
The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Huron) will continue our usual practice of providing materials for a Synod Prayer Vigil to direct our prayers for all that will be considered and discussed during our time together. A simple format is provided to allow for prayers to be said both by those at Synod and by those praying from home. Prayer vigils material are being sent in April to all of the rectors throughout Huron as well as to AFP parish reps. If you do not have a parish rep, or would simple like a copy of these materials, please visit: http://diohuron.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Suggested-prayers-for-Synod-2017.pdf or let me know by e-mailing [email protected] and I would be pleased to send a copy of the prayers to you directly.
At Synod again this year we will all be invited to participate in a “Synod Prayer Wall”, with regular opportunities being given throughout our meetings to respond in prayer to what is being said, bringing together on the wall by Synod’s end, a collection of our deepest hopes and longings for this Diocese, our loved ones, and indeed our role as participants in God’s mission to the world.
As well at our Anglican Fellowship of Prayer table you will be welcomed to have a look at our latest resources, and upcoming events in Huron. We do hope you will stop by for a visit.
Rev’d Val Kenyon is Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Huron) Diocesan Representative
as we gather for this our 176th Synod
of the Diocese of Huron,
we thank you for the unity of Spirit
in the bond of peace
to which we have been called,
One Body-One Spirit.
We acknowledge with gratitude the many gifts
that we have been given in the Diocese of Huron
for the building up of the body of Christ,
and for the equipping of us all
for the work of ministry.
Grant us the grace to be filled with all humility,
gentleness, and patience,
speaking the truth
and bearing with one another in love
that we may lead a life worthy of the call
to which we have been called
for the building up of the body of Christ.
who is above all and through all and in all,
we ask this in the name of your Son our Saviour,