From the Standing Committee
A Prayer for the Election of the Bishop of West Tennessee
Almighty God, Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer: we pray that you will continue to send your blessings to the Diocese of West Tennessee, and to all those who will participate in the search for our next Bishop. We pray that you will give us open hearts, wisdom, and clarity of thought and that our efforts will be guided by the Holy Spirit. Give us the courage and perseverance to find and elect a person who will be for us a Shepherd, who will follow in the example of Jesus Christ, and whose voice and actions will promote unity in a church and a society too often divided. May our search be a product of the love, mercy, and grace you extend to all of God’s children. Amen.
July 28, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On behalf of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of West Tennessee, thank you to everyone who provided recommendations of persons to serve on the Search and Transition Committees. We received many recommendations for both committees, representing the rich diversity of talents and people that is just one aspect of God’s many gifts to our Diocese.
Given the great talent and diversity represented among those recommended, it will take some time for the Standing Committee to prayerfully discern and consider all of the recommendations. We ask both your patience and your continued prayers for our work. We will announce the appointments as soon as we have completed our discernment.
Printed above is “A Prayer for the Election of the Bishop of West Tennessee.” It is the practice of Standing Committees to develop and distribute a prayer for use throughout the Diocese during the search process. The Rev. Randy McCloy lead us in a process of drafting the above prayer for our common devotion. The Standing Committee commends its use in each of our worshiping communities as may be most appropriate.
Again, please keep your Standing Committee in your prayers as we continue our work towards finding and electing our next Bishop. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you may always reach me by email at: BishopSearchWestTN@gmail.com.
Yours in Christ’s love,
The Rev. Gary Meade
President, the Standing Committee of the Diocese of West Tennessee