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Prayers for November General Synod

Thursday 14th November 2013

People throughout the parishes are being urged to pray for the General Synod of the Church of England when it meets next week in London.

The Synod will be discussing a number of important issues to the life and mission of the Church, including the latest legislation to allow women to become bishops; the future of church schools; and intentional evangelism.

The General Synod meets for three days from 1.45 pm on Monday 18th November until 5.30 pm on Wednesday 20 November.

Churches and individuals who would like to pray for the deliberations of the Synod can use the prayer points below as a guide.

Monday 18 November

Key items from the agenda:
-    Presentation by the Archbishop of Canterbury
-    Report by the Business Committee
-    Intentional Evangelism - part of the Challenges for the Quinquennium
-    Various legislative business

Please pray for:
•    Archbishop of Canterbury
•    Members of the House of Laity who meet today
•    Members of the Business Committee
•    Safety for members as they travel from their dioceses to London

Tuesday 19 November

Key items from the agenda:
-    Members of Synod will reflect and discuss in groups the latest legislation to admit women to the episcopate
-    The Archbishop of York will give a Presidential Address
-    A report from the Board of Education asking Synod to endorse the next phase and implementation of the Chadwick Report.
-    A London Diocesan Synod Motion looking at the workings of the General Synod

Please pray for:
•    Archbishop of York
•    Members of the House of Clergy
•    Church of England Schools
•    Staff of the General Synod

Wednesday 20 November

Key items from the agenda:
-    Debate on the Steering Committee's Report which describes the package of proposals that the Committee have prepared in accordance with the mandate set by the Synod in July.
-    Synod members will give first consideration to the draft Measure and draft Amending Canon prepared by the Committee.

Please pray for:
•    The House of Bishops
•    Members of the Steering Committee who have produced the report for the draft legislation on women in the episcopate
•    The Rt Rev John Packer (Bishop of Ripon and Leeds), The Rt Revd Christopher Hill (Bishop of Guildford) and Sir Anthony Hammond (Standing Counsel) all of whom we say farewell to as this will be their last Synod.
•    The work of the 44 Dioceses.

For podcasts, videos and to view a live web stream of the proceedings of General Synod, please visit:

Throughout the deliberations at Synod, a continuous praying presence will be maintained in the Chapel at Church House.

The Archbishops' Prayers to be said at the Chapel are listed below which you may wish to pray:

Sending God,
You call your people to be salt and light in a dark and needy world:
Set our eyes on the poor, the helpless and the lost,
Open our lips with the good news that you have proclaimed to us,
Fill our hearts with love for those you put in our path,
And lead our feet in the ways of your Kingdom;
In the name of Jesus, our Saviour and our strength,
++Justin Cantuar

Almighty and everliving God
Grant to all your faithful people
in the Church of England
a new understanding of your Kingdom,
a new knowledge of your suffering-love and power,
a fresh vision of your glory:
and so awaken us to the reality of your presence
that we may be caught up in your purposes,
be generous in our judgements,
and serve you with a burning spirit and a quiet mind.
Keep us, good Lord, in the Joy, Simplicity
and Compassion of your Holy Gospel;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
++Sentamu Eboracensis

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