Thursday, 8 July 2010

A prayer for the General Synod of the Church of England

The Church of England's General Synod meets this weekend in York.
The decisions it will make, particularly on the subject of  the ordination of women as bishops in the provinces of Canterbury and York, will affect us all for good or ill.
Please remember all members of Synod in your prayers over the next few days.

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years!

So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I Have loved long since, and lost awhile!

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