[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Consultative Council will meet in Lusaka for its 16th triennial meeting in April, and the secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, is asking “all our members in every province, as well as our ecumenical partners, to join us in this prayer as we prepare for the meeting of this Instrument of our Communion.”
The role of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) is to facilitate the cooperative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion, exchange information between the provinces and churches, and help to coordinate common action. It advises on the organization and structures of the Anglican Communion, and seeks to develop common policies with respect to the world mission of the church, including ecumenical matters.
Gracious and Heavenly Father,
we thank You for Your love for the whole world in the death, resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ.
We bless You for Your Church Universal called to represent You to the world, and our Communion as a part of that Church.
We praise You for the unity You give to the Church, and confess our faults that have created disunity.
As we prepare for ACC-16 in Lusaka, we ask You O Lord that all who will represent their Provinces may be blessed with good health, holy wisdom and loving and healing words.
We give thanks and pray for Archbishop Albert Chama, the Bishops and all our other brothers and sisters in the Province of Central Africa, that You will provide for all their needs as they prepare to host this meeting.
We pray for the Anglican Communion Office staff in their preparations.
When we encounter differences and difficulties, may Your Holy Spirit take pre-eminence and over-rule to Your glory and honour.
So may all that we think, say and do, echo our Lord’s prayer that Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
We pray all these through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.