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A Vacancy Prayer

We invite you to join us in sharing these prayers during the period of vacancy.

Our gracious Father:
as we continue to seek for the person who will become our new incumbent,
we pray that you will bless us with an outpouring of your grace.
Grant us the grace to be patient and to trust in your sure purpose for us.
Grant us the grace to bear with one another in kindness and mutual encouragement.
Give the gift of discernment to those making this decision.
Above all help us never to cease declaring to the world God’s love for us
in Jesus Christ. Amen

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God our Father, you have welcomed each one of us in Jesus
and called us to be His Body in this place;

Send us your Holy Spirit,

at this time of uncertainty and change,
to fill us with vision, energy,
and faithfulness in prayer,

that we may be true to our calling
to bring new life to our community;

And guide with your heavenly wisdom

those who are to choose a new Rector for this Benefice,
that the one whom we receive

may be a wise and gentle shepherd of your people:
ready to serve us with joy,

to build us up in faith,

and to lead us by example

in loving obedience to your son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.   Amen.