Resources for Discerning the Next Bishop of Colorado
545 – “Lo! What a cloud of witnesses”
550 – “Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild restless sea”
551 – “Rise up ye saints of God”
362 – “Holy holy holy Lord God almighty”
500 – “Creator Spirit, by whose aid the world’s foundations first were laid, come”
502 – “O Holy Spirit by whose breath life rises vibrant out of death; come to create”
508 – “Breathe on me breathe of God, fill me with life anew”
511 – Holy Spirit, ever living as the Church’s very life”
Psalm 119:33-40 “incline my heart to your decrees and not to unjust gain”
Psalm 111 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; those who act accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures forever”
Psalm 139:1-17 – “Lord you have searched me our and know me: you know my sitting down and my rising up, you discern my thoughts from afar”
Proverbs 3:1-10 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,”
Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless”
Colossians 3:14-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God”
James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy”.
John 17:20-23 “The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,”
Matthew 5:1-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
A Prayer for the Search Process
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, and those in discernment with us, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
A Prayer of Thanksgiving for a New Bishop
Holy Almighty God, from age to age you call forth and anoint shepherds to tend your flock. We celebrate your calling forth our new bishop, _______________, to lead us forward in faith. As we joyfully welcome her as bishop, pour forth the gifts from your Holy Spirit to strengthen her for ministry. Through her faithful response to your call, may she come to know the vibrant faith, love, and support of the people of The Episcopal Church in Colorado.
And we give thanks for the ministry and faith of _________________, who offered herself, her life and ministry, in discernment with us for bishop. Continue to pour into her a lively sense of your presence, filling her with your holy spirit, and blessing the fruits of her prayers and the work she does for your people and our Church. We offer these prayers through Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.