Starting Thursday, June 25, the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will convene in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thousands of people will attend in various capacities: deputies, bishops, staff, vendors, visitors, and more. It takes a great deal of resources for a convention of this size. There is one resource that is more important than any other, and that resource is prayer.

The brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) invite those prayers in a very specific, 21st century way. At the website http://prayersofthepeople.org/, they invite people to send in prayers every day around a specific theme. Sending in prayers in this case is posting them to social media such as Instagram and Facebook. You can sign up to receive a reminder to post your prayers by the day before each theme. The next day you will receive a beautiful audio morning meditation and evening reflection on the prayer theme, read and sung by brothers from SSJE and a link to the prayers of the people read at the General Convention Eucharist.

prayers of general convention

Even with 21st century technology, however, it is always appropriate to pray the Collect for a Church Convention from page 818 of the Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessings, Leslie+

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