Posted by: Titus Presler | September 23, 2009

A Prayer for the Anglican Communion

Gracious God, we give you thanks for the gift of the world-wide Anglican Communion of churches: for the experience of belonging to all the ages, for the gift of thoughtful prayer that you have taught us, and for the task of reverent study to which you call us.  We thank you for the love of worship you have stirred up in our hearts, and for the love of justice you have implanted in our wills.  Remind us that you are with us in times of trouble as in times of joy; nurture in us thankful hearts when we stand together, and send your holy wisdom into our disagreements.  In dispute, may be we gentle and loving; in unity, may we be humble; in poverty, nourish us with hope; in wealth, help us become responsible and generous.  Inflame us with prophetic vision so that our fellowship may bear the likeness of the incoming kingdom proclaimed for all by Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

– Rowan Williams, revised by Titus Presler

This prayer appeared on the Anglican Communion website for a time in 2005, attributed to Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.  I have used it frequently in parish, diocesan and missional contexts, and in closing prayers at Evensong at General Seminary.  Along the way I made a number of revisions, so it is no longer exactly the prayer as composed by Rowan.

In traditional language:

Gracious God, we give thee thanks for the gift of the world-wide Anglican Communion of churches: for the experience of belonging to all the ages, for the gift of thoughtful prayer that thou hast taught us, and for the task of reverent study to which thou dost call us.  We thank thee for the love of worship which thou hast stirred up in our hearts, and for the love of justice which thou hast implanted in our wills.  Remind us that thou art with us in times of trouble as in times of joy; nurture in us thankful hearts when we stand together, and send thy holy wisdom into our disagreements.  In dispute, may be we gentle and loving; in unity, may we be humble; in poverty, nourish us with hope; in wealth, help us become responsible and generous.  Inflame us with prophetic vision so that our fellowship may bear the likeness of the incoming kingdom proclaimed for all by Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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