As part of our liturgy at Annual Council 2015, each delegation wrote a prayer for their parish. We are sharing these prayers each week in the eNews so that we all can support one another in the upcoming year.
St. Peter's, Norfolk
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for your faithfulness and for the blessings you have bestowed upon our parish family. Keep us faithful in celebrating the new life we have through faith in your Son Jesus Christ; strengthen us to proclaim that new life through word and deed; and help us be a loving and caring church family that draws people to Jesus and equips them to serve him. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach
Gracious and loving God; we thank you for the abundance of gifts that you have given to St. Aidan's and the Diocese of Southern Virginia. We pray that you will lead us and help us to use those gifts to reach those who sit in darkness, those who have never known you, and those who have been hurt by the church or by those claiming to represent the Church. Help us to call those people back into a relationship with you, heal their hurts, open their minds and hearts so that they may know and love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever amen.